GM has unveiled a flexible fuel cell electric platform with autonomous capabilities called the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS).
Aimed at solving some of the toughest transportation challenges created by natural disasters, complex logistics environments and global conflicts, SURUS will be displayed at Association of the United States Army (AUSA) meeting this month.
Making use of GM’s newest Hydrotec fuel cell system, autonomous capability and truck chassis components, SURUS will deliver high-performance, zero-emission propulsion to minimize logistical burdens, and reduce human exposure to harm.
Additional features include quiet and odor-free operation, off-road mobility, field configuration, instantaneous high torque, exportable power generation, water generation and quick refueling times.
SURUS will be central to GM’s zero emission strategy. It offers a solution that can scale to larger vehicles with large payload requirements and operate over longer distances. It will further serve as a foundation for commercial vehicle solutions that leverages a single propulsion system integrated into a common chassis.
The SURUS platform is well-suited for utility trucks, mobile and emergency backup power generation, flexible cargo delivery systems, commercial freight and future military-specific configurations
It could also come in handy for light- and medium-duty trucks, improving upon the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 that has been evaluated by the U.S. military under guidance of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).
The SURUS platform boasts of two advanced electric drive units, four-wheel steering, lithium-ion battery system, Gen 2 fuel cell system, hydrogen storage system capable of more than 400 miles of range, advanced propulsion power electronics, GM truck chassis components and an advanced, industry-leading suspension.
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