You may remember that not long ago General Motors notified us of their electrification plans – and they also announced a rather radical-looking new architecture dubbed Surus, without actually providing pictures or more information.
We now know Surus stands for Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, presented in the form of a truck chassis and harnessing power from a Hydrotec fuel-cell system and even coming with autonomous features. The new Surus concept was specifically envisioned serving the military, or performing cargo and public services – police and fire brigade duties, etc. Standard features include two advanced electric drive units, four-wheel steering, a lithium-ion battery system, a Gen 2 fuel cell system, and up to 400 miles (643 kilometers) of range. The platform itself is 16.5-feet (5 meters) long, and 7.5-feet (2.3 meters) wide.
The Surus prototype is making an official public appearance at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) from October 9-11, 2017, coming with exportable power generation, water generation, and quick refueling times. “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.” Of course, Surus is just a work in progress platform, and GM hasn’t actually committed to any official timetable for series production.