Saturday, February 11, 2012

Army shows quiet vehicle at Chicago Auto Show

  Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide and  the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center in Warren is showing  off Quantum's  "Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle" or CERV  during the Chicago Auto Show. The display in Chicago showcases the latest energy-efficiency efforts that can save money and address environmental concerns. The U.S. Army labeled the CERV as one of the "greenest technologies" to demonstrate how the advanced diesel hybrid-electric powertrain developed by Quantum and TARDEC saves taxpayer dollars and can save the lives of soldiers.
  Designed for reconnaissance, targeting and rescue missions, CERV has silent run capabilities of eight miles and have  a top speed of 80 mph. CERV incorporates Quantum's Q-Force all-wheel drive diesel hybrid-electric technology and a light-weight chassis to produce a torque in excess of 5,000 foot-pounds, and ability to climb 60 percent grades. The vehicle also has been certified for internal transportation in aircraft.

 The CERV consumes up to 25 percent less fuel compared with conventional vehicles of comparable size. A recent Army Energy Security Task Force report states that a 1 percent improvement in fuel economy results in 6,444 fewer "soldier trips"  on fuel convoys, which are often extremely hazardous.

"Quantum's high efficiency powertrain technologies help to save fuel, while enhancing vehicle performance and versatility," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum. "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." By Joseph Szczesny


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