Last year at the SAE World Congress, Raser Technologies announced it had, along with FEV, designed a plug-in hybrid powertrain for large trucks. Earlier this year, Pacific Gas and Electric ordered two converted vehicles that use this lithium ion system for testing in their fleet. The potentially exciting number here is that the vehicle is expected to top 100 mpg, but we all know that the way these claims are calculated are notoriously varied. There’s a little more to hang our hat on with the 40 miles of EV-only range.
We should be able to get a lot more information from Raser – including, perhaps, which OEM they have been working with (GM?) – during the next SAE World Congress later this month. Raser says the E-REV vehicle is now undergoing roadtesting and that the powertrain can also be used for “many popular light trucks.” The SAE show starts April 20.
[Source: Raser Technologies]
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