Published on March 12th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro
Video: Army’s New “Fuel Efficient” Ground Vehicle In Jay Leno’s Garage
As 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.