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HUMMER Greens Up With E85

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You can color HUMMER's H2 a little greener for the 2009 model year. General Motors says the large SUVs will be offered with a flex-fuel, E85-capable engine for the new year.

Both the H2 and the truck-bedded H2 SUT are ready for ethanol power in 2009. And by 2010, HUMMER general manager Martin Walsh says every HUMMER will get an E85-ready powertrain.

“A HUMMER’s off-road capability and care for the environment are in no way mutually exclusive. This is simply one more step in our effort to promote responsible adventure,” he said.

While scientists, environmentalists and consumers debate the cleaner, greener status of corn-based ethanol, GM counters that it's working on developing sources of ethanol derived from non-food plants and from waste.

GM estimates that less than 1 percent of the country's filling stations offer ethanol fuel. It says it's put more than 3 million flex-fuel vehicles on the road and promises half of its vehicles will offer E85-capable engines by 2012.
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  1. This is all well and good but Hummer should be pushing diesels not E85. Leave the E85 to cars and small SUV/CUVs. And convert all GM trucks to diesel.
     
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  2. Hummers for civilian use and fake hummers like the H2 and H3 are MORONIC vehicles, they are really TOYS that only fiveyeraolds (or adults with fiveyearold brains) could enjoy. And they do LOOK like TOys too!

    GM DOES to expand its diesels all over its vehicles, esp. crossovers and other heavy vehicles, and all SUVs and Pickups, even midsize sedans, buit the Hummar is a HASBEEN.

    Bubye, Hummer, and the retards that drive them!
     
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  3. 'Hummer' and 'Green' are oxymorons. GM won't even tell you the fuel economy numbers for the H2 because they don't have to - Due to the weight of the vehicle exceeding the cutoff under which the Federal Government requires fuel economy numbers to be reported. According to an article written by the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2004, dealers state that the H2 ranges from 10 - 13 mpg. No wonder GM isn't forthcoming with this information!

    Ethanol makes these already abysmal fuel economy numbers even worse. Most users of E85 see a 20-30% REDUCTION in fuel economy. Assuming 10 MPG in the city, using E85 in the H2 will result in 7-8 MPG!

    If consumers truly use the H2 for that which it is pupose-built for - extreme off-road duty - then MAYBE such abysmal fuel economy is a worthwhile trade-off. However, from what I see in my daily existence in the Denver metro area (which does have some amazing off-road trails within a short drive of the city that would be worthy of such off-road prowess) most H2s are driven to and from the grocery store, soccer practice, the mall, and office buildings. It's extremely rare that I see a Hummer covered in dirt, just back from that which only a purpose-built vehicle like a Hummer can tackle.

    If what you need is a 4 wheel drive vehicle for the city, there are plenty of crossover SUVs with all wheel drive and higher clearance that can navigate the occasional snowstorm, get you to work, the grocery store, and Johny's soccer practice with much better fuel economy, which says to me that the main purpose of a Hummer is not to climb a 30% grade and ford 30" of water, but to cart around the massive ego of the owner.
     
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  4. First Matt, why would we switch to diesel when it's 4.50 a gallon? And Ed if you're happpy in your Yugo or Prius thats great, but I'd love to see you go a quarter of the places I have to on a regular basis. If you do ever need to go to these places I'd be glad to hook a chain to you and drag you there!
     
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