The U.S. Army on Friday debuted a new military concept vehicle designed and built in collaboration with Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide at the Chicago Auto Show. The Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) developed the Quantum Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) along with the Irvine-based green automotive technology firm.
Two CERV prototypes from TARDEC’s Detroit Arsenal headquarters will be on display at the at the Army Recruiting Battalion section at the Chicago Auto Show, which runs from through Feb. 19.
"TARDEC's mission remains unchanged: bring the newest innovations and technology that support our troops against an ever-evolving and changing enemy threat," said Derhun Sanders, TARDEC associate director of communications. "Undoubtedly, these are some of the Army's greenest vehicles and the kind of technology that can meet our nation's energy security demands."
Designated one of the Army’s greenest technologies, the CERV requires 25 percent less fuel than a similarly sized conventional vehicle. Quantum’s advanced diesel-electric powertrain –– dubbed the Q-Force –– equips the CERV with a top speed of 80 mph and a “silent run” mode capability of eight miles on only electric power. Combined with a lightweight chassis and all-wheel drive, the vehicle has a torque rating of 5,000 pounds and can climb hill grades of 60 percent. The CERV is designed for reconnaissance, targeting and rescue missions, and has been certified for internal transportation in military aircraft.
"Quantum's high efficiency powertrain technologies help to save fuel while enhancing vehicle performance and versatility," said Alan Niedzwiecki, Quantum’s president and CEO. "Our new generation powertrains are ideal to support tactical operations in both urban and un-urban environments across the broad range of U.S. military operations and terrain profiles, for direct action, reconnaissance and unconventional warfare and counter terrorism."
The CERV concept vehicles are being tested around the country as the design is finalized, and they are prepared for full deployment. The military is also preparing to open its newest lab, a 30,000-square-foot facility set to open in early April. The Ground Systems Power and Energy Lab (GSPEL) is designed to be eight labs in one, and will be the staging point for the Army’s next generation of power and energy initiatives, with state-of-the-art technology, equipment and lab space dedicated to the research and development of new technologies for military and commercial vehicles of all applications.
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