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It used to be that we couldn't even find a picture of the U.S. Army's Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) but times have changed.

At the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, the Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is displaying the CERV, which uses a diesel-hybrid "Q-Force" powertrain from Quantum that Quantum says, "saves taxpayer dollars and – most importantly – saves Soldiers' lives."

With a top speed of 80 miles per hour and a "run-silent" range of eight miles (we assume this means all-electric range?), the CERV prototype can produce over 5,000 foot-pounds of torque and go up hills will up to 60 percent grades. It does all this while using 25 percent less fuel, Quantum says, and that's hugely important when you go invading countries and have to pay up to $400 a gallon to do so. The Army says that today's soldier uses an average of 22 gallons of gasoline a day. In World War II, it was one gallon a day.
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Army to Demonstrate Diesel-Hybrid CERV

IRVINE, Calif. -- Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. QTWW +4.46% , a global leader in natural gas, hydrogen and hybrid electric vehicle technologies, announced today that the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is sending the Quantum Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) to the Chicago Auto Show to showcase its latest energy-efficiency efforts that can save money and address environmental concerns. The U.S. Army labeled the CERV as one of the "greenest technologies" to demonstrate how its advanced diesel hybrid-electric powertrain developed by Quantum and TARDEC saves taxpayer dollars and - most importantly - saves Soldiers' lives.

TARDEC will display two Quantum CERVs from its Detroit Arsenal-based headquarters at the Chicago Army Recruiting Battalion display. The Chicago Auto Show, to be held February 10-19 at the McCormick Place, is the nation's oldest and largest Auto Show.

CERVs are lightweight, diesel-electric hybrid prototypes with a top speed of 80 mph. Designed for reconnaissance, targeting and rescue missions, CERV has silent run capabilities of eight miles. CERV incorporates Quantum's Q-Force all-wheel drive diesel hybrid-electric technology and a light-weight chassis to produce a torque in excess of 5,000 foot-pounds, and ability to climb 60 percent grades. CERV has been certified for internal transportation in aircraft.

CERV consumes up to 25 percent less fuel compared with conventional vehicles of comparable size. A recent Army Energy Security Task Force report states that a 1 percent improvement in fuel economy results in 6,444 fewer Soldier trips on fuel convoys.

"Quantum's high efficiency powertrain technologies help to save fuel, while enhancing vehicle performance and versatility," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum. "Our new generation powertrains are ideal to support tactical operations in both urban and un-urban environments across the broad range of U.S. military operations and terrain profiles, for direct action, reconnaissance, and unconventional warfare and counter terrorism."

CERVs are being tested around the country as the finishing touches are being put on the Army's newest lab, the 30,000-square-foot Ground Systems Power and Energy Lab (GSPEL), which will open April 11. GSPEL will serve as the cornerstone for the Army's next generation of power and energy initiatives providing the Army with the cutting-edge laboratory space and equipment necessary to conduct research, development, modeling, simulation and testing on military and commercial ground vehicle of all sizes and purposes from subsystem components to entire systems-of-systems


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      Penn State EcoCAR 2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! That's so cool that advanced vehicle technologies can help save soldiers' lives. I'm a part of Penn State's EcoCAR 2 team, and I believe that auto makers have a huge responsibility to do whatever they can to make vehicles as safe as possible for consumers. I never really thought about how the silent aspect of electric vehicles could make this kind of an impact.
      SamIam9
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's foolish to not provide at least AK-47/74 level protection and if they are going to be storing fuel on the outboard like that I hope they enjoy very hot baths.
        SamIam9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SamIam9
        Oh nm those are water. Still, surely we can add low level protection at least shoulder height they could duck behind if needed that wouldn't add too much weight. I'm not talking about .50 cal, just typical military rifles.
        SamIam9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SamIam9
        Oh nm those are water. Still, surely we can add low level protection at least shoulder height they could duck behind if needed that wouldn't add too much weight. I'm not talking about .50 cal, just typical military rifles.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good design, I know 8 miles is a pretty good distance running silent, but I wonder if they can extend that range? Juan Miguel Ruiz (Going Green) http://www.GreenJoyment.com
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        Stay thirsty, my friend. (I have to read his name in 'the most interesting man' voice)
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where's the cup holder. And don't tell me that they don't need a cup holder. I'm retired military and know better.
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where's the armor?
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        That's where the "clandestine" part of the name comes in. The CERV sacrifices armor for stealth - it is meant to keep a low profile to carry special forces on missions; traveling lightly, quickly, and quietly. Heavy armor would hamper the CERV's capability to complete its missions.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Yeah, that thing looks really stealthy. Bunch of dudes rolling around in a military green toned vehicle with a machine gun on it - looks like everything else on the road, right? :D The movie 'mad max' comes to mind..
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          "...why not just get an OEM hybrid that has a chance at blending in a bit?" Now that's funny. Imagine a Prius V in battle environment. Heck, even a Tahoe Hybrid wouldn't last long under mil-spec requirements.
          Ziv
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          I didn't realize the color aspect of the 'equation', LTAW. I think I would rather have my 'shelter' can be full of water rather than fuel! LOL Realistically, the troops will probably put whatever they need the most in those spots, so diesel will probably be there from time to time. Cool vehicle regardless. I like the sneaky range of 8 miles best.
          Ziv
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          LTAW, those side tanks are labeled WATER So, they might be something else, but it is pretty likely that they are just what they say. Water cans. That happen to be in a position that shelters passengers, somewhat. Look a bit more closely at the 10th or 12th photo and you will see that the canister clearly states what it is. And I am still agreeing with most of what LTAW says.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          I'll further correct myself, the CERV runs on JP8/diesel, so I should just have said fuel instead of gas each time...
          Jerome
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          LTAW, If this is indeed a mule it will never be used for special forces. Maybe in your hollywood fantasy world but not in the real world. There is nothing about that vehicle that is clandestine. When you want to travel lightly, quickly and quietly you travel on foot. That is the reality that you sofa commandos never have to deal with. Furthermore I strongly suggest that you send your combat wombat mentality for a long walk. You're another one of the techno-turds that ejaculates over these wonderful bits of tech but never has the cojones to enlist.
          Ziv
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Here is a link to a picture that shows that the low mounted cans are for water, not fuel. Could it be fake labeling? Sure. But, not likely. http://green.autoblog.com/photos/chicago-2012-army-cerv/full/#photo-4828801/
          BipDBo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          2 Wheeled Menace "Yeah, that thing looks really stealthy. Bunch of dudes rolling around in a military green toned vehicle with a machine gun on it - looks like everything else on the road, right? :D" Yeah, my thoughts exactly. If armor is not needed, and they want something efficient, stealthy and lightweight, why not just get an OEM hybrid that has a chance at blending in a bit? Letstakeawalk "Mad Max wishes he had a hybrid..." That made me laugh, because it makes so much sense yet seems so wrong. I just can't imagine the sequel featuring the avenger rolling in a flat black patina'd Prius.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Mad Max wishes he had a hybrid... The CERV has an extremely low noise and heat signature, which means it is nearly invisible at night when special forces prefer to operate. "The initial target mission would be related to special operations-type missions involving reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting, search and rescue, and also assist with field rescue operations." http://www.qtww.com/security-cerv I suppose it's also fair to point out that those side tanks are more likely carrying gasoline than water.
          Ziv
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          LTAW is right, this isn't an assault vehicle, it is a quiet mule to carry guys around quietly. But I do like how the water cans are outside the lower/rear passenger seats, giving some cover if they are full. Not to mention how the low seats and the low water mount keeps the center of gravity low. Anything that reduces the military's need to ship fuel and water huge distances at incredible expense in money and lives is worth a try. I can't imagine how many drivers died in Iraq because they were shipping in water or fuel that our troops needed. Obviously this vehicle will be operating in a more permissive environment, or at least it will be hiding out of sight in a less permissive area.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Ziv, I wasn't trying to contradict you, and indeed those cans are labeled "water". Per NATO, they should be blue; gasoline is usually carried in a green can. OTOH, the CERV on a long-range mission may very likely be carrying a large amount of gasoline in those side racks.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Well, thanks for the insults, Jerome... I refer to it as a special-ops vehicle because that's who it's designed for. It's certified to be delivered by V22 Osprey aircraft, and then used to get quickly in and out of missions without being detected. It's also meant for recon and target designation.
      steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      War is a racket! $400 a gallon where invading countries come on! the biggest war profiteers are the big oil companies the book of Revelations mentions this as the lake of fire burning with sulfur (crude oil) it also mentions come to the living water and what is water two parts hydrogen one part oxygen this is the year 2012 every car on the road to the electric drivetrain hydrogen fuel cell technology the only byproduct is water vapor we also should have flying cars by now. thanks to government colluding with big oil companies and car manufacturers I guess we have to wait until after Armageddon for more advanced engineer transportation vehicles I guess in the meantime will remain addicted to oil like a bunch of heroin addict?
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @steve
        They probably pay below market rates for the gas/diesel. The $400/gallon comes from paying for fuel convoys, flying in diesel by helicopter, etc. It is the dangerous transportation of the fuel that pushes up the price so it is important to minimize consumption.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          He is Spec! The Most Rational Liberal in the World! Stay Progressive, My Friends...
      skierpage
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was going to joke that this will make the Fisker Karma's fuel consumption look good, but Quantum's Q-Force diesel powertrain is different from the Q-Drive that it developed (and supplies?) to Fisker.
      Jerome
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is nothing about this vehicle that is clandestine or that saves lives unless you're going to use it to transport wounded. Whoever commented on the cans being painted blue if they contained water, you're an idiot.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Two words: "Rat Patrol"
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