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) displayed 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 pound-feet of torque and go up hills with up to 60-percent grades. It does all this while using 25 percent less fuel, which is critical when you have to pay up to $400 a gallon to use the stuff in theater.

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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      piaynwithmadness
      • 2 Years Ago
      THE ONLY PLACE THIS THING IS USEFUL FOR IS ON THE GOLF COURSE AS A GOLF CART.
      paulprosen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well considering a hummer costs $250,000 new. And Obama is leaving 10 billion dollars of military vehicals and equipment behind in the mid east because he claims its too expensive to ship home. Where is the money going to come from to build this and all new military vehisles from scratch ?
      Charles
      • 2 Years Ago
      Before you all jump to contusions, notice the word "clandestine". This is a specialized reconnaissance vehicle, not a fighting machine. If the operators get into a firefight, they've basically failed their mission. It's for doing what the SAS used to do with their famous "Pink Panther" Land Rovers. It might not be too useful against a technically advanced enemy with the whole slew of surveillance gear, or an urban environment, but it could be quite useful in third world environments with a lot of empty space. Think parts of Africa.
        Bob A' Lou
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Charles
        When's the last time we fought a war in an environment "with lots of empty space?" Are we going to get into a land war in Africa? Not in this Century. The American People are fed-up with wars of "nation building."
          evannever
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bob A' Lou
          When's the last time we fought a war in an environment "with lots of empty space?" We just finished one and we're still in another
      alfredschrader
      • 2 Years Ago
      No it's not a dune buggy. The idea is to build more fuel efficient vehicles which is great. Fuel can become a scarce commodity in the theatre. I have the new technologies that make this possible like the new B series Hex armor and T-drive. I'll sell it if they want to buy it....Alfie-
      Bambi Slayer
      • 2 Years Ago
      A lot of non servers on here spouting about how unsafe a SCOUT Car is. Its not supposed to be a Tank or AmVeh. it was made to go behind or up to enenmy lines undetected and report back. Its made for some offroad use and made to travel fast and light it does not need Armor that would only slow it down and make it more of a target.
      crbrunner20
      • 2 Years Ago
      There are probably batteries buried in almost every enclosed portion of this vehicle. I see about 3 fans around 12" a piece, that look like they are trying to suck in a LOT of air to cool either electronics or more likely quickly discharging and re-charging batteries. In the likely desert environments these would operate in, it seems tricky to not suck in too much dust and sand with those fans. Clogs would abound and then proper cooling would not happen, shortening battery range and life. At least the Army's trying, as indicated by the poster, it's incredible how much fuel they use per soldier. Maybe all that gov't money for Army hybrid efficiencies will cause the next major breakthrough for economical consumer car hybrid technology. Some of what NASA has done over many decades filtered down. Here's to hoping.
      Alex G
      • 2 Years Ago
      US Army: Saving the earth, one bullet at a time
        caddy-v
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex G
        US Navy: Saving the Army one life jacket at a time.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      poppaspond
      • 2 Years Ago
      I assume that this idea originated with some numb nut in Washington. No one would ever send this dune buggy with volotile arm rests into harms way.
      steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      what a waste of time and money and by the way i did serve
      montegod7ss
      • 2 Years Ago
      More info on the Ma Duece.
      james
      • 2 Years Ago
      nice typo it produces 500 ft pounds of tourqe not 5000
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