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Electric Hummer 2X More Efficient than Prius

Going green is one of the biggest bandwagons to be on these days.

Not only is everyone supposedly big on saving energy when using computers, they're also concerned for the environment--at least that's the trend. Despite this, there are people wasting natural resources everyday.  It's the whole mindset that "I am just a small individual," so the impact is next to nothing.

General Motors has teamed up with Raser Technologies to work on the new Electric Hummer H3. The big kicker here is that GM claims the new Hummer will deliver twice the mileage per gallon as the Toyota Prius. Despite it's big size the Electric Hummer H3 will tout along an equally big 600-pound lithium-ion battery system.

However, even though it may deliver GM's claim of 100 miles to the gallon, the electric H3 will require a recharge every 40 miles. But this is only when the vehicle is operating in all-electric mode.

When you think about all these hybrids and other "green things," don't forget to include all the manufacturing that goes into producing these systems and batteries. Yes we are saving on gas consumption, but at what other price?

  • If it's electric, then it should have an infinite MPG. How come does it only acheive 100 mpg?
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  • tenor77
    At what point is the vehicle getting 100mph? In "all electric" mode for 40 miles?

    Good mph is great, and to do it in style is awesome. I am doubting their claims are accurate though.
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  • ktasley
    Fantastic comment at the end, considering the production means.

    A current version Hummer is actually more environmentally friendly to produce than a Prius because of the by products of the the production and disposal of Lithium-ion tech.

    So it would seem this new environmental Hummer would be worse than the old one.

    +the double mileage of the Prius is a marketing hype. At its top efficiency it only goes 40 miles? That's unrealistic for even commuting.
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  • tenor77
    I mean mpg. Stupid no edit option.
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  • Humans think
    Bad news for lithium limited world deposits which could also be used at some point for nuclear fusion (hopefully). If you are interested about the subject read this http://ergobalance.blogspot.com/2006/10/electric-vehicles-and-world-lithium.html

    Hope they develop a new technology for batteries lithium is more precious than we think...
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  • jecht
    bobbbbbbbbbbbbbIf it's electric, then it should have an infinite MPG. How come does it only acheive 100 mpg?
    Apparently, it's actually a hybrid:

    However, even though it may deliver GM's claim of 100 miles to the gallon, the electric H3 will require a recharge every 40 miles. But this is only when the vehicle is operating in all-electric mode.

    Implying that there is a partly-electric mode. Although, it's pretty silly to say "even though" here, because if it can deliver 100 mpg, then it really isn't in all-electric mode, and therefore it wouldn't need to be recharged every 40 miles. Unless, of course, the "all-electric mode" is a deceptive misnomer, and simply means that using maximum electric assistance can deliver 100 mpg.

    All in all, though, it's kind of interesting to see this happening. Now Americans can still drive around their huge-ass military grade vehicles and be environmentally conscious too!

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  • blasko229
    @everyone before me, It said it needs recharging every 40 only in all electric mod, not gas/electric mode.
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  • bradalan1
    I am sure that it is Dual-mode so it is 40 miles on just the electric motors, it probably has a gasoline engine as a backup to power the motors as well as charge the batteries.
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  • tenor77
    blasko229@everyone before me, It said it needs recharging every 40 only in all electric mod, not gas/electric mode.
    Yes that's exactly what we're doubting. Something isn't adding up.
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  • bradalan1
    jechtApparently, Now Americans can still drive around their huge-ass military grade vehicles and be environmentally conscious too!Military grade, NOT. The H1 is military grade. The H2 is basically a Chevy Tahoe with a different body, and the H3 is basically a Chevy TrailBlazer again with a body change.
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