General Motors (GM) used a military exhibition in Washington DC to reveal what it says will be a fully autonomous, fuel cell-powered commercial vehicle chassis that will benefit both civilian and military applications.
The company says its Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS) is a flexible fuel cell electric platform with autonomous capability. It revealed the truck at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), stating that the commercially designed platform could be adapted for military use.
SURUS uses GM’s newest Hydrotec fuel cell system, autonomous capability and truck chassis components to deliver high-performance, zero-emission propulsion to minimise logistical burden and reduce human exposure to harm in a military environment, where its slient and odour-free operation also help it maintain a low profile. The platform also has off-road mobility, instantaneous torque, exportable power generation, water generation and quick refuelling times, claims GM
The manufacturer has long been a backer of fuel cell technology, which is a core part of its zero-emission strategy. With SURUS, GM says it offers a solution that can be scaled to larger vehicles with large payload requirements and operate over longer distances.
SURUS was designed to form a family of commercial vehicles with a single propulsion system integrated into a common chassis. The SURUS platform is equally well-suited for commercial fieght, civilian and military use, claims the company.
“SURUS redefines fuel cell electric technology for both highway and off-road environments,” said Charlie Freese, executive director of GM Global Fuel Cell Business. “General Motors is committed to bringing new high-performance, zero-emission systems to solve complex challenges for a variety of customers.”
The SURUS platform features two advanced electric drive units, four-wheel steering, a Lithium-ion battery system, GM Gen 2 fuel cell system and a hydrogen storage system giving it more than 400 miles of range.