Army Showcases Quantum Hybrid at Indy 500

The U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) demonstrated the Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) as part of special events ramping up to the Indianapolis 500. The U.S. Army labeled the CERV as one of the "greenest technologies" and demonstrated how its advanced hybrid electric powertrain developed by Quantum Fuel Systems Worldwide Inc. and TARDEC saves taxpayer dollars and soldiers' lives.

In support of the U.S. Army's drive for energy efficiency, Quantum developed the military aggressor, a first-generation fuel-cell, hybrid-electric alternative mobility vehicle (AMV) several years ago. This high-performance vehicle was designed for quick-paced mobility operations such as reconnaissance, surveillance and target designation. The CERV is a newer generation stealth vehicle that incorporates Quantum's Q-Force all-wheel drive diesel hybrid-electric technology and a lightweight chassis to produce a torque in excess of 5,000 foot-pounds. The unit has a top speed of 80 mph and climb 60 percent grades, while reducing fuel consumption by up to 25 percent compared with conventional vehicles of comparable size.

In a recent press release, TARDEC NAC Director Paul Skalny noted, "In keeping with the nation's interest in fuel efficiency, renewable power and energy security, TARDEC is fully engaged in ambitious programs that push development of hybrid electric vehicles for U.S. military use. Having CERV at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the proving ground from which both the defense and automotive industry have learned so much – is a solid indicator of where this technology can go."

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