The U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) demonstrated its Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) during a series of special events prior to the Indy 500.
The vehicle, which relies on Quantum's Q-Force diesel hybrid powertrain (a different flavor of the Q-Force, the Q-Drive, can be found in the Fisker Karma), offers remarkable fuel efficiency (it consumes 25 percent less fuel than a comparable, non-hybrid vehicle), can climb 60-percent grades, cranks out an insane 5,000 foot-pounds of torque and hits speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.
The story of the CERV combat vehicle, which is meant to be used for "quick-paced special operations-type missions involving reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting," dates back several years, when Quantum created the Military Aggressor, a fuel cell hybrid electric alternative mobility vehicle (AMV).
Returning to the CERV, we should mention that this is a stealthy vehicle that uses Quantum's Q-Force all-wheel drive diesel hybrid electric technology mounted on a lightweight chassis. The CERV can be transported to the battlefield by helicopter.
TARDEC director, Paul Skalny, says that:
Hit the jump to watch video detailing the CERV's powertrain and design.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.