The U.S. Army has unveiled a fleet of 16 General Motors hydrogen fuel cell vehicles it says are the first ever for the military – armed services in Hawaii will test them for two years “in an effort to research efficient, clean and renewable energy sources and reduce the U.S. military’s dependence on petroleum.”
Solar and wind power will power Proton Onsite electrolysis units making hydrogen for dispensing by HydraFLX at various Hawaiian bases, says Fort Shafter-based Jim Muldoon, a U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) science and technology advisor.
“The Army continues to investigate technologies and partnerships that give the United States a decisive advantage,” said Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commanding general of U.S. Army, Pacific.
The zero-emission vehicles are funded by TARDEC, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, the Office of Naval Research and Air Force Research Laboratories.
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