Austria’s Kreisel Electric has fulfilled Arnold Schwarzenegger dream of an electric-powered Hummer H1. The firm’s powertrain gives the gigantic SUV 483 horsepower (360 kilowatts), and the 100 kilowatt-hour battery provides nearly 186 miles (300 kilometers) of driving range.
"Kreisel Electric electrified my G-Class last winter. And now a Hummer. If Kreisel keeps it up at this pace, I will soon be able to fly here from LA in an electric airplane," Schwarzenegger said at the opening of Kreisel Electric's new research and development center in Rainbach, Austria where it showed the SUV.
Kreisel’s Hummer is just an off-road prototype for now, but the current vehicle results from just two months of development work. The SUV's powertrain puts an electric motor at the front and rear, and this huge SUV now weighs a hefty 7,275 pounds (3,300 kilograms). Kreisel’s tech still lets it reach 75 miles per hour (120 kilometers per hour), though. We look forward to hearing what Schwarzenegger thinks once he can give the beast a proper test.
Kreisel’s new development center covers nearly 75,350 square feet (7,000 square meters). The space includes a workshop, and there's room for small-batch manufacturing of vehicles. The site will employ over 200 people by next year.
Even before this electric Hummer, Kreisel worked on some very interesting projects. For example, at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, the company's tech was in the Brabus Ultimate E Concept, which made 201 hp (150 kW) and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque but had just 100 miles (160 kilometers) of range. The firm also placed its electric powertrain into a replica Porsche 910, which gave the vintage-looking coupe 483 hp (360 kW) and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) of torque. Schwarzenegger also tested the company's electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
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Kreisel Electric and Arnold Schwarzenegger Present the World’s First Electrified Hummer H1
RAINBACH, Austria, September 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
Exclusive prototype from Kreisel Electric with 360 kW output, 100 kWh capacity and nearly 300 km range
Together with the Austrian Federal Chancellor Mag. Christian Kern, Arnold Schwarzenegger opens Kreisel Electric's new research and development center
On Tuesday evening, Arnold Schwarzenegger presented the world's first electric Hummer from Kreisel Electric at the opening of the company's new research and development center in Rainbach, Mühlkreis district, Upper Austria. "Kreisel Electric electrified my G-class last winter. And now a Hummer. If Kreisel keeps it up at this pace, I will soon be able to fly here from LA in an electric airplane," said Arnold Schwarzenegger, friend and patron of the high-tech pioneers, who was clearly impressed with the electrification of his big off-road vehicle.
Kreisel Electric developed an off-road prototype on the basis of the H1 model in just two months' time. It is equipped with high-performance batteries from Kreisel Electric featuring a 100 kWh capacity and two electric motors on the front and back axles, with a system output of 360 kW (490 PS). The vehicle can reach speeds of up to 120 km/h and has a range of about 300 kilometers and a total weight of 3,300 kg.
The standard version of this American off-road vehicle consumes up to 24 liters of fuel for every 100 kilometers and emits up to 470g CO2 per kilometer. "With our electrified prototypes, we want to show what is possible using Kreiseltechnology. We will certainly not mass-produce these models. But our Hummer is a powerhouse in wolf's clothing, one that drives so quietly even the sheep are not disturbed," said Markus Kreisel, one of the founders of Kreisel Electric.
In the presence of the Austrian Federal Chancellor Mag. Christian Kern and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Markus Kreiselopened the new development and manufacturing center in Rainbach, Mühlkreis district. The new facility, which comprises almost 7,000 m2 of space, includes a prototype workshop and a completely automated manufacturing line for Kreisel Electric battery storage devices for use in the small-batch production of passenger vehicles, utility vehicles, buses, boats and airplanes, as well as in storage solutions.
With the new location, where more than 200 employees will work starting in 2018, Kreisel Electric intends to accelerate its growth course and expand its e-mobility business internationally. "The opening ceremony was attended by more than 1,000 representatives of international business and politics. This shows the great interest in Kreisel Electric and electromobility," said Christian Schlögl, the CEO responsible for strategic development at Kreisel Electric.