Yesterday, at the annual meeting of the Association of the US Army in Washington, DC, the US Army unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell based off-road vehicle that can be used for stealth operations.
The Quantum ‘Aggressor’, as the vehicle has been nicknamed, was designed and manufactured by Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide at its California facility.
On board the vehicle, a 10 kW fuel cell is coupled with an energy storage module in a parallel hybrid configuration to provide power on demand to a high-torque electric motor driving the rear-wheels. The compressed hydrogen itself is stored in Quantum’s proprietary Type IV impact resistant carbon fibre tanks.
Preliminary tests have shown that the acceleration of the Quantum Aggressor is far superior to an unmodified gasoline internal combustion engine-powered all-terrain vehicle, reaching 40 miles per hour twice as fast. Ungoverned, it is also capable of reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour.
An electronic control system developed by Quantum imposes torque and speed limits on the drivetrain to enhance traction and safety.
The new vehicle can be driven to a destination and then be used as a silent power generator to produce high quality electricity for telecommunications, surveillance, targeting, and other battlefield equipment. The vehicle does not produce any emissions throughout its different operating modes.