I’m scratching my head trying to find out the specific details around the GM Hummer that is reportedly getting 100 mpg. An article on ConsumerEnergyReport.com indicates that this new hybrid Hummer is the brain child of Raser technologies. The Hummer is reportedly a plug-in type hybrid designed for daily local travel. Basically that last part means that the numbers are slightly scued, to the tune of about 70 miles per gallon over statement.
According to information direct from Raser the Hummer is only capable of up to 33 mpg on the high way. Now, I’m not saying that 100 mpg in the city isn’t great, but obviously to arrive at these figures there are limits that must be set and gray areas to interpret. Does that mean that the Hummer will get infinite miles per gallon if it stays under 30mpg? I mean, I’m not sure of any city where 30+ is the norm, but they could just as easily be talking about an island city with 15 mph speed zones.
Also reported by Raser is that the engine found in the H3 Hybrid is the strongest electric engine available in a passenger vehicle. Raser claims teh engine found in the H3 Plug-In is 4 times more powerful than the hybrid engine found in the Toyota Prius. According to reports it can be recharged at home, obviously from the plug-in name plate, but the cost is $.60 per equivalent gallon of gas. Again, this information is much better than paying an alternative now $2.50 per gallon of gas, but there is still a cost to driving such a hybrid. Where do you think most of our electricity at home comes from? I’m willing to bet it’s not wind turbines yet, most likely coal, so saving fossil fuels has still yet to be accomplished.
Pictures of the Raser H3 Plug In Hybrid 100mpg
It becomes pretty obvious that perhaps a vehicle the size of the Hummer is required to fit all the drive train components into the package. There is some serious weight, size, and limitations of fitting this much technology in any lesser vehicle. No doubt, nows the time to start buying some Raser stock though. 😉