GM Studies Autonomous Fuel Cell Platform
GM is looking at a flexible, autonomous fuel cell platform for a variety of uses.
General Motors is aiming to solve some of the toughest transportation challenges created by natural disasters, complex logistics environments and global conflicts.
The company displayed its Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS), a flexible fuel cell electric platform with autonomous capabilities, at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) from Oct. 9-11, 2017.
The commercially designed platform could be adapted for military use.
SURUS leverages GM’s newest Hydrotec fuel cell system, autonomous capability and truck chassis components to deliver high-performance, zero-emission propulsion to minimize logistical burdens and reduce human exposure to harm.
Benefits include quiet and odor-free operation, off-road mobility, field configuration, instantaneous high torque, exportable power generation, water generation and quick refueling times.
Fuel cell technology represents a key piece of General Motors’ zero emission strategy.
It offers a solution that can scale to larger vehicles with large payload requirements and operate over longer distances. SURUS was designed to form a foundation for a family of commercial vehicle solutions that leverages a single propulsion system integrated into a common chassis.
The SURUS platform is equally well suited for adaptation to military environments where users can take advantage of flexible energy resources, field configurability and improved logistical characteristics.