Design Concept of the Day: Quantum CERV
June 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
Here’s a concept which may well see action – of a combat variety. Quantum Technologies (supplier of the hybrid tech for the Fisker Karma) has been demonstrating its CERV (Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle), under evaluation in a project with TARDEC, the US Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Centre. The US Army is calling it one of the ‘greenest technologies’ at its disposal, since its diesel-electric hybrid tech reduces fuel consumption by 25% compared to a conventional vehicle of this type. Yet it’ll still do 80mph, climb 60-degree gradients and perform reconnaissance, surveillance and target designation tasks.
“In keeping with the nation’s interest in fuel efficiency, renewable power and energy security, TARDEC is fully engaged in ambitious programmes that push development of hybrid electric vehicles for US military use”, said a spokesman. Quantum has also presented a fuel cell-driven vehicle, the Military Aggressor. Save oil, no need to fight over it…