Here is General Motors' New 'Truck' Intended for Governmental Use
Regardless of whether it’s brought upon us by climate change, divine intervention, or civil unrest, the end times are right around the corner — and the government is going to need a rugged and versatile vehicle for the impending apocalypse. The automaker with the chops to deliver such a platform? General Motors.
Apparently not Skunk Works levels of classified, GM publicly announced the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS) on Friday morning. While not the classic image of a motorized vehicle, the design is intended to serve as the underlying architecture of governmental and commercial transports alike. While the specific government applications are a question mark, the platform’s fuel cell system allows it to run silently with a minimal heat signature — making it ideal for sneaking men and munitions behind enemy lines.
SURUS is also designed to be undeterred by lousy terrain. Its computerized brain allows for autonomous capabilities, in case you want to drive it through a minefield or something. That system also allows it to be lined up in a convoy of other robot-controlled units. It also has external power ports, which would be ideal for camping or construction.
With four-wheel steering and two motors, the lithium-ion battery pack and second generation Hydrotec fuel cell system allows for a total range of 400 miles. Of course, when you do gas up at the motorpool, there will need to be a hydrogen tanker on hand to accomplish the job. That might handicap it for commercial applications, since the United States’ hydrogen fueling network is one step away from nonexistent. But the U.S. Army typically has to take its fuel into whatever region it’s operating in, so it might not be that big of an issue. Then again, I’m not in the army so it could also be a logistical nightmare.
General Motors will showcase SURUS at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) from October 9th through the 11th.
It’s hoping officials will embrace the idea of blank slate electric chassis that can be outfitted to perform whatever task is needed. However, the manufacturer already has a few ideas on how to utilize it and included mockups in its announcement of the platform undertaking all manner of roles
[Images: General Motors]
APaGttH on Oct 08, 2017
If you do some digging and research you'll learn some things: 1) The US military believes climate change is very real, they really don't care what you or the administration thinks 2) The US military believes that fossil fuels will eventually run out, they really don't care what you or the administration thinks 3) The US military has been investing heavily in non-fossil fuel technology for over a decade now, they really don't care what you or the administration thinks 4) This platform was built for a very specific military purpose. You're not looking at the next HUMVEE of deuce-and-a-half. Modern warfare has created tactical situations where a vehicle needs to be silent for insertion and extraction, on station for days, produce electricity and water silently to support the special forces unit in theater, and not produce a heat signature. GM didn't yank this out of their @$$ 5) The military has been trying to develop operational ready fuel cells for tactical vehicles for over 30 years, they are pretty invested in the technology (again, do some research)
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