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Mega has released an infographic outlining the features of its Electric Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV). Mega Electric GCV proposal is part of a US Army competition to replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, which entered service in 1981.
Mega Electric GCV is one of a number of proposals intended to replace the Bradley within seven years. Like the Bradley, the GCV is an armored troop transport intended to quickly move soldiers into a combat zone and provide support fire. This particular design was created from the ground up and is intended to be upgradable, with a projected service life for the technology of up to 40 years.
The Mega Electric GCV carries three crew and nine squad members inside its composite-core hull and boasts an integrated electronic network capability and embedded intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment. However, the centerpiece of the vehicle is its simplified drive train. The GCV is propelled by an Electric Drive (ED)developed by the partnership. It puts out 1,100 kW of electricity, has fewer components, and lower volume and weight than current power plants. Being an electric drive, it generates high torque at start, smoother low-speed operation and can run silently – an advantage in night operations.
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In the latest chapter of its ongoing quest to put more purr and less growl in future utility vehicles, the Army will unveil a new electric vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.
The as-yet unnamed vehicle, based on General Motors’ Chevy Colorado frame, has been under development for a year, with formal testing on tap for next year under the auspices of the project’s lead agency, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center in Warren, Mich.
Center Director Paul Rogers said hydrogen fuel cells as a power source have the potential to give the Army “incredibly valuable capabilities.”
Among them: The new fuel-cell technology is considerably quieter than current internal combustion systems; it’s designed to pull double-duty as a mobile electricity generator for other systems and devices outside the vehicle; and the electric drivetrain will generate high torque at low speeds—an advantage in the way-off-road environments where the Army often operates.
“With fuel-cell technology advancing, it’s an ideal time to investigate its viability in extreme military-use conditions,” Rogers said, adding that the new vehicle is not being envisioned as a replacement for the Humvee at this point.
GM has been working on the new fuel-cell technology for at least eight years and reportedly holds more fuel-cell vehicle patents worldwide than any other carmaker.
The partnership with the Army will benefit GM by allowing the company to put its fuel-cell research and development to the test in the kind of extreme conditions that the military calls home. GM has set a goal of producing a fuel-cell system for the commercial vehicle market in four to five years.
AUSA’s Annual Meeting will be held Oct. 3-5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
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