Army Trucks Getting Greener?

January 13, 2003 [] General Motors Corp. and the U.S. Army revealed a diesel hybrid military pickup truck equipped with a fuel cell auxiliary power unit (APU) that could become the model for the Army’s new fleet of 30,000 light tactical vehicles by the end of the decade. The engine is mated to a parallel hybrid electric system for improving urban engine emissions and fuel economy and can increase fuel economy 25 to 40 percent over conventional gasoline trucks. The fuel cell APU, designed and built by Hydrogenics, is a 5 kW proton exchange membrane regenerative fuel cell system.

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