Raser Technologies and Hyundai Heavy Industries To Collaborate on Development of Renewable Energy and Extended Range Electric Vehicles

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The extended range electric vehicle drive system by Raser Technologies and its development partner FEV is targeted at providing up to 40 miles all-electric range for SUVs and light trucks. Click to enlarge.

Raser Technologies, Inc. and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the joint development of renewable energy and electric vehicles. The agreement sets into play the first two projects that are intended to lead to a broader long-term relationship to develop renewable energy in the western US utilizing Raser’s resource portfolio and HHI’s renewable energy equipment manufacturing capabilities.

The agreement also sets forth the first phase of commercial production of electric fleet vehicles utilizing HHI’s high tech engineering and manufacturing capability and Raser’s extended range electric vehicle powertrain technology. (Earlier post.)

The “Well-to-Wheels” demonstration projects identified in this initial MOU, consist of a 5 megawatt solar power generation project and the production of the first 3 extended range electric trucks (EREV) for US fleet customers.

EREVs. Raser first unveiled its Extended Range Series Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) drive system, developed with FEV, at the 2008 SAE World Congress in Detroit. At the 2009 SAE World Congress, Raser and FEV showcased a HUMMER H3 converted with the EREV powertrain. (Earlier post.)

The H3 EREV uses a 200 kW Raser Symetron traction motor mated to a 4–speed automatic transmission. A 100 kW Rase Symetron generator, driven by a GM Ecotec 2.0L SIDI turbocharged engine provides electrical power. A liquid-cooled, 41 kWh lithium-ion battery pack operates at 700V and provides the energy storage. Preliminary road testing of the HUMMER EREV showed 50 miles all-electric range. (Earlier post.)

In addition, the MOU launches the first phase of commercial production of E-REVs to begin filling standing orders from US government and commercial fleets. (Earlier post.) Both projects are anticipated to be completed over the next several months, with the first E-REV trucks to be introduced by the nation’s largest electric utility, Pacific Gas & Electric in California.

Solar project. The proposed solar power project will be built at Raser’s Thermo site in southern Utah, using photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and transmission equipment manufactured by HHI. The solar power plant will be co-located with Raser’s geothermal power plant to enable the demonstration of a unique new zero emissions blended renewable (ZEBRA) development by Raser.

When completed, the project will be the first phase in demonstrating the potential value of HHI and Raser’s relationship in developing renewable energy projects on Raser’s sizeable holdings where all three renewable resources, geothermal, solar and wind coexist in close proximity to existing transmission lines in a unique 'Triple Play' area of Utah’s renewable energy zone, where Raser holds a large property portfolio.

—Raser Executive Vice President Richard Clayton

In subsequent phases of the project, solar and wind power will be blended with Raser’s base-load geothermal energy enabling better availability and reliability preferred by utilities.

Upon the successful demonstration of these two initial projects, the two companies plan to explore a broader business relationship relating to the development of ZEBRA (blended) renewable energy and electric vehicle production.


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