Check Out The First Electric Vehicle In The US Army
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide has spent the past 3 years developing the CERV (clandestine extended range vehicle) (pictured above and below) for the US Army. Using an electric propulsion system with a diesel power generator the CERV is an unarmored vehicle designed to be used behind enemy lines as well as in recon, rescue and targeting missions. It’s currently the only vehicle in the US Army fleet to be certified for transport in the Osprey Rotorcraft, due to its lightweight.
The CERV uses 25% less power than a comparable diesel vehicle and has a range of 600 miles (with the pictured external fuel tanks), it can also cross 30 inch deep streams, climb 60% inclines, tow up to 5,000 pounds and reach a top speed of 80 miles an hour. I don’t know about you but I want one as my daily driver.
Details on the drivetrain aren’t all that clear, it appears that the CERV uses electric motors and can run in a silent electric mode with the diesel motor operating as a power generator, a similar set up to electric road cars like the Chevy Volt and Fisker Karma.
For more read the press release here