U.S. Army Testing a New Hybrid Vehicle for Spec Ops


In brief: Called the CERV, the diesel-electric hybrid is meant for special operations forces.

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Make/Model: CERV
Manufacturer: Quantum Fuel Systems / TARDEC

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The Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) is jointly being designed by the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and Quantum Fuel Systems International with funding support from the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOMM).

The CERVE uses a platform designed mostly by TARDEC and uses Quantum's Q-Force all-wheel drive diesel hybrid electric power train. The lightweight chassis and high torque (over 5,000ft-lbs) allows the CERV to maintain 80mph, climb 60% grades, and reduce fuel consumption by up to 25% compared to its conventional diesel alternative.

The CERV would be used for reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting. It's unique, ringed weapons hangers allow operators to fire weapons while the vehicle is in full motion--similar to the door gun on a helicopter.

Quantum is best known for their part in creating the hybrid drive train for the Fisker Karma using Q-Drive (the gasoline version of Q-Force).

And so ...

Lightweight, fast-moving, and efficiently capable is the goal of the CERV platform. Field trials begin soon.

Photo credits: TARDEC

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