Vision

WHAT IF?

Before any great innovation or advancement ever took place, someone first asked one very important question.

ASKING "WHAT IF?"

challenges the convention of today and helps us achieve what others might believe to be impossible.

With responsibilities that now include homeland security, natural disasters and global conflict, the need for innovative solutions has never been greater.

ASKING "WHAT IF?"

connects new technological possibilities from one of the world's largest commercial companies to expanding capabilities for our country's defense.

Hydrogen fuel-cell technology allows ground vehicles to operate silently, with zero emissions, reduced thermal signature, & 10 times longer on a single recharge. It provides a large amount of stable, exportable power for advanced weapons applications or to power potential undersea applications.

ASKING "WHAT IF?"

combines innovation, electrification capability, manufacturing expertise and autonomous vehicle proficiency, to provide mobility solutions that remove the warfighter from harms' way.

Versatile off-road chassis provides a configurable mobility solution for transporting power intensive payloads. Leveraging an optionally manned architecture, these vehicles can provide Leader-Follower and fully autonomous functionality.

ASKING "WHAT IF?"

is just the beginning.


INNOVATION

Great Heights. Remarkable Depths.
And Everywhere in Between

When it comes to linking with today's military, collaboration requires greater flexibility and agility to provide scalable options that meet the ever-changing customer needs. That's why General Motors launched the specialized division, GM Defense, to develop technology that provides innovative solutions anywhere the may go.

While General Motors continues to provide advanced propulsion systems, GM Defense is focused on expanding the military portfolio:

HYDROTEC FUEL CELLS

  • Advanced electrified propulsion
  • Payload power source (50 — 100kW)
  • Rapid recharging (3 minutes)
  • Mobile water source (2 gallons per hour)
  • Tactical capabilities: odorless, smokeless, quiet, low heat signature

JOULETEC BATTERIES

  • Range of high power density solutions
  • Flexible form factor
  • Reliable automotive technology
  • Proven safety & quality (over 4 million consumer miles)
  • Scalable solution leveraging expert manufacturing

SURUS — SILENT UTILITY ROVER UNIVERSAL SUPER STRUCTURE

  • HYDROTEC and JOULETEC propulsion
  • Electrified and autonomous
  • Highly modular and adaptable
  • Stable power source for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems
  • Leader-Follower capability
  • Utility superstructure

LIGHT TACTICAL VEHICLES

  • Derived from GM's light & heavy-duty manufacturing experience
  • Exceptional off-road mobility derived from truck portfolio, special purpose & competition desert race vehicles
  • Scalable high & low volume applications
  • Ultra quiet vehicle operation with low thermal signature, no smoke & odorless
  • Special forces, multi-purpose scout vehicle, mobility solution for high power weapons & surveillance equipment

Who We Are

GM DEFENSE LEADERSHIP

Charles "Charlie" E. Freese V.

CEO, GM DEFENSE

As the CEO of GM Defense, Charlie Freese has been responsible for launching the new General Motors subsidiary. Freese also leads GM's Global Fuel Cell Business, with responsibility for: research, development, application engineering, laboratories, manufacturing, and strategic external business initiatives. Freese has led global diesel organizations inside Detroit Diesel, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, with responsibility for product development, program management, advanced engineering, and sales. He is the Chairman of the U.S. Hydrogen Technical Advisory Committee, advising the Secretary of Energy and the U.S. Congress on hydrogen fuel cell technology. Freese serves on the boards of Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC, the GM-Honda manufacturing joint venture, and OneH2, a hydrogen infrastructure provider. He has over 28 years of experience in propulsion systems and automotive, military and aerospace businesses.

MAJ GEN JOHN W. CHARLTON, U.S. ARMY, RETIRED

PRESIDENT, GM DEFENSE

As the new President of GM Defense, Major General John Charlton (retired) will lead the effort to establish General Motors as a leader in the global defense and aerospace industries by growing the organization and leveraging GM capabilities to best serve its customers. Prior to joining GM Defense, Charlton served a distinguished 34-year career in the United States Army. Charlton's career was highlighted by the command positions at every level and senior staff positions on the U.S. Joint Staff. He served three combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Charlton received numerous military awards for superior service and valor, including the Silver Star. Charlton's last assignment in the military was commanding general for the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC). In that position, he was responsible for six Army test centers across the U.S., 9,000 soldiers, civilians and contract employees with an annual budget of approximately $1 billion. He was also responsible for the planning, integration and experimental procedures, developmental testing, independent operational testing and independent evaluations and assessments for the Army's acquisition decision makers and commanders.

GM DEFENSE MANAGEMENT BOARD

Gregory "Greg" Hagy

GM DEFENSE CHAIRMAN
GM VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE
DEVELOPMENT AND GLOBAL M&A

DANIEL "DAN" NICHOLSON

GM VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL PROPULSION SYSTEMS

JEFFREY "JEFF" MASSIMILLA

GM VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL CYBERSECURITY

DAVE PRYSTASH

GM CFO GLOBAL PRODUCT
DEVELOPMENT & SUPPLY CHAIN

David Albritton

GM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT & INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

Kenneth "Ken" E. Morris

GM VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL PRODUCT INTEGRITY

JAMES "JIM" HENTSCHEL

GM VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL PRODUCT INTEGRITY

History

1914

1939

1950

1965

1983

2012

2016

2018

1914

GM IN WORLD WAR I

Ninety percent of GM's truck production was directed toward war manufacturing with over 8,500 trucks going to the war effort.

1939

GM IN WORLD WAR II

"Victory is our Business" proclaimed more than 100 GM plants had been converted to produce, "an avalanche of weapons" totaling $12,322,000,000 in 1945 dollars. over 113,000 employees entered the service during the war.

GM DUKW WWII AMPHIBIOUS LANDING CRAFT

General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the DUKW, "one of the most valuable pieces of equipment produced by the United States during the war."

1950

GM IN THE KOREAN WAR ERA

Continuing support for the Military effort, GM manufactures J65 Turbo Jet aircraft engines, 8.46 million bazooka shells and 5,431 anti-aircraft guns.

1965

GM IN THE VIETNAM WAR ERA

General Motors built 20mm automatic anti-aircraft guns and was the largest producer of the M-16 rifle with over 469,000 built.

1983

GM IN THE 1980s

GM introduces the Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle (CUCV) for military use and delivered over 70,000 units.

2012

FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY

After 3.2 million consumer-driven miles accumulated through General Motors' Project Driveway, the U.S. military partners with GM to demonstrate the practicality and applicability of hydrogen fuel cell technology, with the world's first military fuel cell vehicle fleet.

UNMANNED UNDERSEA VEHICLE (UUV)

General Motors, the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are cooperating to incorporate automotive hydrogen fuel cell systems into the next generation of autonomous unmanned undersea vehicles.

2016

CHEVROLET COLORADO ZH2

GM and U.S. Army TARDEC partner to develop and successfully test the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric truck, with low acoustical and heat signatures as well as the advantages of on-board water production, exportable electric power and off-road capability.

2018

SILENT UTILITY ROVER UNIVERSAL SUPERSTRUCTURE (SURUS)

The first autonomous fuel cell vehicle with an adaptable superstructure can be configured as a truck, cargo, command center, ambulance and mobile power generator. Benefits include quiet and odor-free operation, exceptional off-road mobility and maneuverability, field configurable and on-board water generation.

CHEVROLET SILVERADO ZH2

The first heavy duty truck architecture capable of supporting the next generation of vehicle requirements for higher payload, flexible configuration, longer range, and faster re-fueling times with more compact & capable propulsion system.


Case Studies

A FLEXIBLE FOUNDATION FOR MOBILITY & PAYLOAD POWER

Designed as a mobility platform for power hungry commercial & vocational vehicle applications, this system is equally well-positioned to address demanding military application needs. The Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS) combines a quiet, efficient electrical propulsion system with autonomous operation, to solve some of the toughest mobility & power availability challenges created by natural disasters, complex logistics and global conflicts. It refuels in minutes, supporting missions requiring extended periods of silent watch, provide 80kW of exportable power, and support dismounted soldiers as a cargo mule. As an optionally manned platform, SURUS provides a potential solution to remove the warfighter from harms way.

CHALLENGE

Provide modern silent off-road mobility solution for human & cargo transport, able to power payloads & operate autonomously

SURUS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Leverages General Motors' vast experience in electrified vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, high-voltage batteries and electric drive systems, autonomous vehicles, off-road mobility & heavy truck vehicle manufacturing
  • Showcases the scalability, reusability and performance capabilities of flexible autonomous platform
  • Utilizes General Motors' HYDROTEC fuel cell technology to tackle the toughest mobility challenges by austere environments, where water & electrical power are in short supply — this vehicle produces both
  • Recharges rapidly, allowing utilization of in-theater energy sources
  • Provides heavier payload capacity with no odor, visible smoke, reduced thermal and acoustic signatures
  • Offers flexibility to configure vehicle in the field, to support multiple missions, from reconnaissance to mobile weapons platform
  • Supports enhanced air transport capabilities, through compact vehicle package and lightweight materials selection

Potential Military Applications:

  • Mobile Power Generation
  • Ambulance & Medivac System
  • Utility Truck
  • Radar
  • Shipping Container Transportation
  • Direct Energy Weapon
  • Command Operations
  • Optionally Manned Variants
  • Leader-Follower Convoy Operations

In the News

GM Defense Unit Prepares For Operation Later This Year

GM Authority

The year 1966 brought the TV debuts of "Batman" and "Star Trek," which both enjoy a cultlike following 50 years later. With less fanfare in the same season, General Motors tested the Electrovan, the world's first hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle.

General Motors Establishing New Military Defense Division

Automotive News

General Motors aims to solve some of the toughest transportation challenges created by natural disasters, complex logistics environments and global conflicts. The company will display its Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS), a flexible fuel cell electric platform with autonomous capabilities, at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) from Oct. 9-11, 2017. The commercially designed platform could be adapted for military use.

General Motors Launches New Military Defense Division Called GM Defense

TopSpeed

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) and Honda (NYSE: HMC) today announced the executive structure for their recently established joint venture company, Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC (FCSM).

New GM product Segment Will Focus on Military

The Detroit News

The physically imposing Chevrolet Colorado ZH2, the most extreme off-road-capable fuel-cell-powered electric vehicle ever from General Motors, was revealed today at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).

General Motors Wants to Disrupt the Military Truck Market

Defense One

Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC (FCSM), the joint venture company established by General Motors and Honda for the production of advanced hydrogen fuel cell systems, today revealed its company logo at an event where local elected officials were recognized for helping bring the operation to metro Detroit.

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