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.