100 MPG Electric-Powered Truck Is Greener than a Prius

| 4/10/2009 10:10:00 AM

Hank Will and Mulefoot piglet.Provo, Utah based Razor Technologies announced that it has a prototype pickup truck or SUV (they won’t reveal until later this month) with a unique drive-train that includes an electric motor, batteries, generator and efficient 2.2 liter four-cylinder petroleum-fueled, internal combustion engine.

According to an article I found in The Salt Lake Tribune, Razor Technologies is a successful geothermal electricity generating company that has had its eye on creating super-efficient and fully capable full-sized vehicles for at least 6 years. This newest project will be revealed at the 2009 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit.

In a nutshell, the 5700 pound fully-functional, four-wheel-drive truck is powered with an electric motor that draws energy from a pack of lithium ion batteries and/or the engine-driven generator. The truck has a top speed of 100 miles per hour and can go for 40 miles on batteries alone. But when the system kicks over to generator mode, sustained performance can hit 100 miles-per-gallon of petroleum, under ideal conditions. Overall fuel economy is reported to be 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway with a real-world range of 360 miles for each fill of its 12-gallon tank.

I have to say, this new concept really impresses me. It proves that we don’t need to sacrifice power and size for efficiency. And that is good news for farmers and ranchers all over this country. The only question that remains is whether such vehicles will ever become affordable. My fingers are certainly crossed.

Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on .

Frank Hulbert Jr
10/3/2010 7:10:56 PM

I would like to see a pickup truck like an 1 ton to a 1 1/2 ton desighned to operate on steam and solar pannels for electrical that operates like a modern pickup on steam power fully streat legal. This would be perfect for farmers with wood to burn! It could also operate on a fuel like natural gas as long as it was adapted for steam operation like the old trucks were. There is a good demand in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Mississippi. Desighned for farm and local use only!

Paul Gardener
4/10/2009 2:53:13 PM

Hank, That's a great project! I'm embarrassed that I had to hear about it here rather than on my own. I guess I ought to start reading the news here more often huh? I'm proud though that it's coming out of Utah! I look forward to their full announcement later this month. Bye the way, did you catch the video on the their site, it's very good and shows the vehicle. Paul~

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