Saturday, March 3, 2012

U.S. Army's Fuel Cell Vehicles

Army Unveils World’s First Military Fleet of Fuel Cell Vehicles
Maj. Gen. Roger F. Mathews, deputy commander, U.S. Army Pacific explains hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technology to Peter Carlisle, Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu Feb. 22, 2012, during a commissioning ceremony at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

HONOLULU (Feb. 22, 2012) — U.S. Army, Pacific, today unveiled a fleet of 16 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles that the military services in Hawaii are testing in an effort to research efficient, clean and renewable energy sources, and reduce the U.S. military’s dependence on petroleum.

“The Army continues to investigate technologies and partnerships that give the United States a decisive advantage,” said Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski, commanding general of U.S. Army, Pacific. “These fuel cell vehicles will help move the U.S. Army in the Pacific toward a sustainable path that reduces energy security challenges and strengthens our energy independence.”

During a Feb. 22 ceremony at historic Palm Circle at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, officials from the services — U.S. Army, Pacific, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Air Forces and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific — government leaders, including U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz and Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, and industry partners demonstrated the use of the 16 General Motors hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The zero-emission vehicles, funded by the Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center, or TARDEC, Office of Naval Research and Air Force Research Laboratories, are being tested in Hawaii’s ideal climate for real-world conditions reflecting each service’s needs.

“Our pursuit of alternative energy is closely tied to our commitment to continually adapt to an ever-changing security environment,” said George Ka’iliwai, director of Resources and Assessment for U.S. Pacific Command. “Defense relationships and military approaches alone can’t solve all of our energy challenges, but they underpin the initiatives we’re taking within the Department of Defense to reduce the dependence on foreign sources of energy.” read more>>>>

Army Now Report – Hybrid Vehicles
The U.S. Army unveils a hybrid vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show. Produced by Spc. Charles Gill. Soldiers Radio and Television Video by Spc. Charles Gill (DVIDS).

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