Army Showcases New Hybrid At Indy 500

Recently the United States Army’s Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) showcased one of its latest hybrid vehicles called the Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) at the 2011 Indianapolis 500.

CERV, developed in conjunction with Quantum Fuel Systems, was demonstrated as part of the motor speedway’s first ever Emerging Technologies day, which included a hybrid and solar vehicle challenge supported by Purdue University. Equipped with an all-wheel drive and a diesel hybrid-electric powertrain that can produce over 5,000 foot-pounds of torque, the CERV can travel 80 miles per hour and climb terrain with a 60% grade.

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It is said the CERV uses 25% less fuel than comparable vehicles of its size, and is part of an overall effort to reduce energy use in America’s armed forces. We recently reported on two solar power projects, including one that supplies electricity for mobile troop units, and a prototype that charges electric vehicles.

As well, the Army has set up a net-zero team that we covered, and we’ve collected an overview of several articles relating to the issue of energy efficiency relating to defense. Ultimately, the less energy used means fewer conveys transporting fuel, which saves the lives of our men and women in uniform.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.