As we expected, the Raser Electric Hummer H3 is a plug-in, extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) utilizing a 200 kW motor to drive the wheels and a turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder to power a 100 kW generator to charge the batteries and run the e-motor.
If you’re good at math you immediately see the problem here. For the first sixty miles the Raser Hummer runs in all EV mode and from there it will run on a constantly operating generator, resulting in an asymptotic decline in average fuel economy. It does get the dramatic 100 MPG fuel economy the company claims — as long as you don’t go further than 60 miles in a day.
That figures…fuzzy math to get people excited about a product. Reading on in the article you will be informed that the Raser gets 33mpg. I’m pretty sure there are diesels that can get 33mpg in an SUV if you put in the money they did to design a vehicle. Matter of fact I’m sure of it. Hell even I COULD design one for that kind of money.
I can imagine several captions for Arnie in these pictures.
“What the eff, I told the people of Kalifornia this was awesome.”
So where is the 100mpg Discovery? Still in my head dear friends.