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GM shows off zero-emissions commercial platform

Whisper quiet with no heat signature, it's also ideal for military use

Joe Duarte
Published: October 8, 2017, 10:30 PM
Updated: October 12, 2017, 6:21 AM

SURUS

SURUS emergency vehicle

General Motors is aiming to silently handle some of the toughest transportation challenges known today with its Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS), a fuel cell electric platform with autonomous operation capabilities, which will allow it to operate in hazardous conditions that would put operators’ lives at risk.

SURUS uses GM’s latest fuel cell system in a robust utility chassis to allow it to go just about anywhere, at a whisper and without leaving an emissions signature. Its electrical drivetrain provides instant torque and can propel the vehicle over any surface. It can generate power and make water, and it’s designed to fuel quickly. And with autonomous driving technology, it can go where it’s sent without a driver.

SURUS hydrogen fuel flap

“SURUS redefines fuel cell electric technology for both highway and off-road environments,” said Charlie Freese, executive director of GM Global Fuel Cell Business. “General Motors is committed to bringing new high-performance, zero-emission systems to solve complex challenges for a variety of customers.”

Because it’s a platform, SURUS can be adopted to the needs of the user and may eventually end up as the foundation for a family of commercial vehicles (light and medium duty trucks, utility vehicles, freight transporters). Among its features, two electric motors, 4-wheel steering, advanced suspension system and a 645-km range.

SURUS water generator

With its low heat signature and quiet operation, it can also be suited for military use, which is why GM is pitching the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). And, the platform can be used for land, sea and air applications.