Likely in response to the seemingly endless wave of natural disasters in 2017, General Motors has introduced a new, all-terrain concept vehicle that can conquer disaster zones.
The so-called Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS) is geared towards situations and environments where regular service vehicles cannot be used, situations such as the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and global conflicts.
Not only is SURUS rugged, but it is also powered by a Hydrotec fuel cell system that provides zero-emission propulsion and has autonomous driving capabilities.
SURUS has been designed to be the basis for several commercial vehicle solutions, including military applications. It uses a single propulsion system integrated into a common chassis powered by two electric motors, a lithium-ion battery and a Gen 2 fuel cell system, a setup that allows it to travel for over 400 miles without recharging.
Its off-road mobility, instantaneous torque, exportable power generation, water generation, long range, and quick refueling times make it an ideal, highly-flexible rescue and transport vehicle.
Charlie Freese, executive director of GM Global Fuel Cell Business, stated:
“SURUS redefines fuel cell electric technology for both highway and off-road environments. General Motors is committed to bringing new high-performance, zero-emission systems to solve complex challenges for a variety of customers.”
GM is in talks with the U.S. Army about potentially developing SURUS.
GM Teases Chevy Bolt-Based Electric Crossover
General Motor’s bold plan to expand its EV lineup to at least nine models in the next few years is taking shape, with the company providing the first glimpse of its next electric model.
Based on the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the model will be one of two new electrified crossovers the General will introduce by 2020. It will serve as a higher volume, profit-focused follow-up to the Bolt
The teaser is shown without a badge; however, rumors and leaks point to Buick as the likely candidate for GM’s next EV.
Some rumors suggested the Buick EV would simply be a rebadged Bolt with a more upscale interior, but it’s now evident that it will be a notably distinct vehicle in terms of size, shape and styling.
GM promises to launch at least 20 new EVs by 2023, with nearly half arriving by 2012. The company is very serious about beating Tesla at its own game, but without losing money.
GM Promises 20 Electric Vehicles By 2023
Not content with the impressive little Bolt, General Motors plans to introduce 20 new electric vehicles by 2023, including two models within the next 18 months.
It’s not known what the two upcoming electric cars will be, but one of them is expected to be an electric Buick crossover based on the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain, reaffirmed GM’s commitment to the EV segment, stating:
“General Motors believes in an all-electric future. Although that future won’t happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers’ needs.”
In addition to the new electric cars, GM is working together with Honda on new fuel cell technology despite the difficulties associated with it. The company stated.
“Given customers’ various needs, getting to a zero-emissions future will require more than just battery electric technology. It will require a two-pronged approach to electrification — battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric depending on the unique requirements.”
Unlike the old GM, the new General is clearly forward-thinking, anticipating and responding to market trends rather than reacting to them. It should do good for the company.
Why The Chevrolet Bolt EV Isn’t Cool
As arguably the first long-range electric car, the Chevrolet Bolt is a fine piece of automotive technology. More than that, it’s a very good car for what it is. Now, if that’s the case, why does the average car buyer looking for an EV consider it uncool all the while praising the similar-performance Tesla Model 3 as the second coming of Christ?
Yes, the Bolt is an EV and it’s small — a subcompact, by classification — but it’s packaged in such a way that makes it surprisingly roomy for four adult occupants and their luggage. It’s also among the top two farthest-driving pure-electric cars with a range of well over 200 miles, as well as one of the fastest accelerating. It’s handling and price aren’t too shabby either for segment.
The Bolt is a very well-though-out, well-engineered vehicle for everyday use, so why the cold shoulder? That the Tesla Model 3 is also a fine piece of automotive tech cannot be denied, but is it really that much better than the Chevy?
Auto enthusiast Doug DeMuro pondered the same question with his review of the Chevy Bolt, and as obvious as the answer might be, I quite agree with his overall assessment. Watch his review below and let us know if you have the same sentiments in the comments section.