Army Fielding 16 Hydrogen Powered Vehicles in Hawaii

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The Army revealed a fleet of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles being developed in Hawaii to reduce dependence on petroleum, DoDLive reports.

The vehicles will help the Army in the Pacific to move toward a sustainable path, Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski, commanding general of U.S. Army, Pacific, said.

The Army is fielding 16 General Motors-developed vehicles that use clean and renewable energy sources, according to DoDLive.

The Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center, the Office of Naval Research and Air Force Research Laboratories funded the vehicles.

George Ka‘iliwai, director of resources and assessment for U.S. Pacific Command, said the pursuit for alternate energy is closely tied to efforts to adapt to an ever-changing security environment.

The vehicles can travel up to 200 miles on one charge, can refuel in five minutes and will serve as a platform to develop future alternative energy-powered vehicles, the Pentagon said.

The Pentagon said the Army is seeking industry partnerships to continue to renewable energy developments.

The fielding is the result of such an industry and military partnership called Hawaii Hydrogen Initiative, which also includes university and agency partners.

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