August 18, 2007
US Army Goes Green Unveils First Hybrid-Electric Propulsion System for New Combat Vehicles
The U.S. Army unveiled its first hybrid-electric propulsion system for a new fleet of Manned Ground Vehicles (MGVs). The Army is developing and building eight new MGV variants for 15 Future Combat Systems Brigade Combat Teams (FCS BCTs). All eight commonly-designed MGV variants will provide Soldiers with enhanced survivability, increased speed and mobility, new network-based capabilities, and more modern, modular technology. All the eight variants will have a common chassis saving the army a great deal of money. For the first time the Army will be integrating a functional hybrid-electric drive system into a combat vehicle. The drive system is part of the propulsion system that will power the vehicles.
The Army has long been at the forefront of developing hybrid-electric vehicles. In fact, the Army’s hybrid-electric vehicles are significantly more robust and more powerful than commercial hybrid vehicles. The first hybrid- electric MGV variant, the Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C), will commence production in late 2008.
“The MGV drive train is unique,” said Colonel Bryan McVeigh, product manager for MGV systems integration. “The traditional engine has been de-coupled from the drive train architecture and is designed only to recharge the energy storage system and power the vehicular systems.
Via – US Army FCS