US Army and General Motors to develop fuel cell electric vehicle

4 September 2016 (Last Updated September 4th, 2016 18:30)

The US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) has collaborated with General Motors to develop a fuel cell electric vehicle for military applications.

The US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) has collaborated with General Motors to develop a fuel cell electric vehicle for military applications.

Under the terms of an agreement signed in 2015, TARDEC will be able to use General Motors' automotive technology in military solutions, while providing the company with feedback on non-standard fuel cell applications.

TARDEC director Paul Rogers said: "Hydrogen fuel cells as a power source have the potential to bring to the force incredibly valuable capabilities.

"We expect the vehicle to be quiet in operation and ready to provide electricity generation for needs away from the vehicle.

"With fuel cell technology advancing, it's an ideal time to investigate its viability in extreme military-use conditions.”

"We need to continue pursuing these opportunities along with our plans for production of a commercial fuel cell programme in the 2020 time frame."

Fuel cell propulsion vehicles with low-end torque capabilities are useful in off-road environments, as well as for a range of commercial and military applications.

The Chevrolet vehicle offers quieter mobility, exportable power generation, low-end torque and water generation.

It will undergo user assessments and demonstrations in 2017.

General Motors Global Fuel Cell Activities executive director Charlie Freese said: "This project is another example of how fuel cell propulsion can play a role in non-traditional applications.

"We need to continue pursuing these opportunities along with our plans for production of a commercial fuel cell programme in the 2020 time frame."


Image: US Army and General Motors partner to develop fuel-cell vehicle. Photo: courtesy of US Army.