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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