Video: Army’s New “Fuel Efficient” Ground Vehicle In Jay Leno’s Garage


leno-armyAs one of the foremost car guys in pop culture, Jay Leno has had plenty of ink spilled regarding his love of automobiles. But unlike many collectors, Leno loves the odd, weird, and futuristic in addition to the standard collection of classics. This makes his garage in SoCal a stopping point for many next-gen vehicles, including the Army’s Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator.

Nicknamed “the FED”, this next-gen ground combat vehicle is set to replace the HUMVEE and uses carbon fiber and aluminum, as well as a dual-charged (that means turbocharged AND supercharged) Cummins 4-cylinder diesel for motivation. Combined, these technologies result in a 30% fuel economy improvement, allowing the FED to achieve a remarkable seven miles per gallon.

You read that right; 7 mpg. Still considering the 15,000 pound curb weight, the 7 mpg rating ain’t too shabby. The U.S. military is the largest energy consumer in the country, and literally billions of taxpayer dollars are spent on fuel. This is why the military is experimenting with everything from algae fuels to corn oil.

Leno gets the walkaround of the FED in this next video, so make sure you check it out.

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  • Jason Carpp

    Well, it’s not as attractive as the HMMWV (the Hummer), but that’s not the point, is it? I’ve seen pictures of the rig, and I saw it on Jay Leno’s Garage. Impressive! I wonder whether they’ll make a civilian version of this vehicle like they did with the Humvee.

    • Jo Borras

      I disagree – I thought the Hummer had a look to it, sure … but “attractive” is not a word I would use.

      • Jason Carpp

        I agree. I like the diesel engine used to power the vehicle.

  • 4 cylinder turbo/super charged diesel! I like it! higher efficiency Diesels could reduce American borrowings from China to  pay for imported oil? Where’s the Natural Gas vehicles?

    • Jo Borras

      That’s not really how foreign debt works (like, at all), but I like the positive outlook!

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