With all this year’s natural disasters, like the earthquake in Mexico City and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, General Motors’ latest concept couldn’t come at a better time. GM has unveiled its the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, which is geared towards situations and environments where regular service vehicles will not be able to be used, like natural disasters or global conflicts.
SURUS is not only rugged, but also is powered by a Hydrotec fuel cell system, to provide zero-emission transportation. The concept also has autonomous driving capability. Some of the major benefits of SURUS are its, off-road mobility, zero emissions, instantaneous torque, exportable power generation, water generation and quick refueling times.
GM designed SURUS to be the basis for several commercial vehicle solutions that use a single propulsion system integrated into a common chassis. The platform could also be used by the military. The platform is powered by two electric motors, a lithium-ion battery and a Gen 2 fuel cell system. The hydrogen storage system gives the vehicle a driving range over 400 miles.
“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.”