General Motors (GM) has unveiled its Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS), a flexible fuel cell electric platform with autonomous capabilities.

General Motors aims to solve some of the toughest transportation challenges created by natural disasters, complex logistics environments and global conflicts. The company will display its SURUS at the meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). The commercially designed platform could be adapted for military use.

SURUS leverages GM’s newest Hydrotec fuel cell system, autonomous capability and truck chassis components to deliver high-performance, zero-emission propulsion to minimise logistical burdens and reduce human exposure to harm. Benefits include quiet and odour-free operation, off-road mobility, field configuration, instantaneous high torque, exportable power generation, water generation and quick refuelling times.

The SURUS commercial platform draws on GM’s more than 50 years of research and development of fuel cell technology. The scalable and adaptable technology enables land, sea and air applications across commercial and military environments.

Since April 2017, the Army has been testing the commercial Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 on its US bases to determine the viability of hydrogen-powered vehicles in military mission tactical environments. The vehicle has been operating in off-road conditions to evaluate its power generation, reduced odour, acoustic and thermal signatures, high wheel torque, extended operating range and the potential to use the by-product water.

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