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.
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
"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