U.S. Army’s Clandestine Extended-Range Hybrid-Electric Vehicle

You can always expect the U.S. Army to develop a crazy all-terrain vehicle, and at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center has its latest project on display: the CERV HE vehicle.

TARDEC’s CERV HE vehicle, or Clandestine Extended-Range Hybrid-Electric vehicle, represents the finest in alternative power and was jointly designed with Quantum Fuel System Technologies. The hybrid-electric vehicle combines a lightweight chassis with Quantum’s hybrid-electric diesel powertrain, which produces in excess of 5000 pound-feet of torque. The CERV has all-wheel drive, is capable of maintaining speeds up to 80 mph, and can climb grades up to 60%. According to TARDEC, fuel consumption is also 25% better compared to conventionally powered vehicles of the same size, fitting for a vehicle that was designed for fast-paced mobility operations including reconnaissance, surveillance, and target designation.

The CERV HE is on display at TARDEC’s booth as part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s MEDC ExoXperience at the Cobo Center.