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GM Talking With US Army about Developing New Fuel-Cell Vehicle

SURUS program offers commercial applications.

by on Oct.06, 2017

SURUS was designed to form a foundation for a family of commercial vehicle solutions that leverages a single propulsion system integrated into a common chassis.

General Motors may expand its fuel-cell research and development program with the U.S. Army, including the company’s new Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure platform, also known as SURUS.

The Army has been testing the fuel cell-powered Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 on U.S. bases for the past six months to determine the viability of hydrogen-powered vehicles in military-mission tactical environments.

The Last Word!

Now the two sides are in talks to add the SURUS to that evaluation program. The SURUS is flexible fuel cell-powered, four-wheel concept with autonomous capabilities. It is based on a heavy-duty truck frame and designed as a “foundation” for a new generation of commercial vehicles that leverages a single propulsion system integrated into a common chassis, according to GM officials. (more…)

GM Going All-Electric; 20 New EVs Planned by 2023.

“GM believes in an all-electric future,” says product czar Reuss.

by on Oct.02, 2017

The Chevrolet Bolt will soon by joined by "at least" 20 more battery-electric vehicles from GM.

Despite a slow start for its Chevrolet Bolt EV, General Motors “believes in an all-electric future,” the maker’s global product development chief said Monday, announcing GM will back that up with the launch of 20 pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, by 2023.

The Bolt, the automaker’s first long-range electric model, will be joined by two other BEVs within the next 18 months, GM also confirmed Monday. The largest of Detroit’s Big Three automakers also revealed a fuel-cell-powered heavy-duty truck concept dubbed SURUS, that could be used for a variety of purposes, such as a delivery vehicle or first-responder vehicle.

Stay Plugged In!

GM joins a growing list of manufacturers who have, in recent months, announced plans to greatly expand their range of battery and fuel-cell vehicles. Some, such as Volvo, intend to only offer electrified drivelines, others, such as Volkswagen, say they will have electrified options available on all future models. But while it has not set out a timeline, GM intends to go to 100% pure electric across the board, officials said.

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