Here is General Motors' New 'Truck' Intended for Governmental Use

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
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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.

At least, that’s the theory.


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]

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  • Carguy67 Carguy67 on Oct 07, 2017

    Wonder what the 'Real People, Not Actors' focus groups will think of it?

  • APaGttH 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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    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Oct 09, 2017

      The military looks at every scenario, every method of response, and every potential weapon/device it can think of. Remember the Utah scientists who thought they'd achieved cold fusion? That claim was disproved, but there was something unexplained happening, and there's been quiet research to find an explanation. It might not be a power-source breakthrough, or any kind of hardware to be developed. Whatever the anomaly, the military wants to find out what happened before any other actors do, just in case something can be developed. This is basic science, not a program to develop anything. GM got a military research grant and came up with something for the military to consider for further research. All the features are part of the sales pitch to prove the effort was worth the grant money, and maybe score some more research dollars. Nothing more should be read into it.

  • MelanieRichardson GOOD
  • El scotto @jwee; Sir, a great many of us believe that Musk is somewhere (pretty high) on the spectrum and move on.I work on the fringes of IT. Most of my presentations get picked over extensively and intensely at meetings. I'm smart enough to know I'm not that smart and willingly take advice from the IT crew. I bring them Duck Doughnuts too. We also keep a box of Crayolas in the meeting room.At one meeting an IT guy got way into the details of my presentation, the meeting went long as we discussed my target audience. Same IT guy insisted it was a disaster and would fail miserable and that I was stupid. Yeah, F-boms get dropped at our meetings. I finally had enough and asked if he was such an expert, did he want to stand up in front of 30 senior executives and give the presentation? His response was a flat "NO". He got the box of Crayolas. For you non-military types that means shut up and color. Musk is the same as that IT guy, lots of gyrations but not much on follow-through. Someone just needs to hand him a box of Crayolas.
  • FreedMike The FJ Cruiser would be a better comeback candidate. The gang back at Toyota HQ must be looking at all those Broncos flying off Ford lots and kicking themselves.
  • Tassos 2015 was only 7 years ago. $58k is still a whole lot of $ to pay for a vehicle. FOrtunately one can buy a flagship vehicle with great active and passive safety for half this amount, if one does the SMART thing and buys a pre-owned luxury flagship vehicle. they have historically been SCREAMING BARGAINS. A breadvan on stilts SUV, wether the more compact Macan or the more bloated Cayenne will never pass as a Flagship Vehicle. No matter how well it drives or how reliable it suprisingly is. It still is a breadvan on stilts.
  • Sean Ohsee Bring back the 100 series and its I6 diesel.
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