US Navy is Building the Lightweight Car of the Future, Today


We’ve talked about the US Navy- and the US military, in general- investing heavily in green energy, more sustainable living, and biofuels like ethanol and algae-based biodiesels, all in the name of national security. Still, it may surprise you to learn that the Navy, through the US Office of Naval Research, has been tapped to help commercialize the next generation of ultra lightweight metals. Translation: that ultra lightweight car you’ve been dreaming of will be here sooner than you think, thanks to the US Navy.

Homer Simpson in the US Navy

You can read more about the Navy’s efforts to make the next generation of ultralight, ultra-efficient new cars a reality in this article by Cleantechnica senior reporter, Tina Casey. Enjoy!


Meet The Ultra Lightweight Car Of The Future, Eventually (via Clean Technica)

The US Office of Naval Research has been tapped to spearhead a new public-private research effort that will bridge the “Valley of Death” between cutting edge foundational research and the marketplace, all in the name of commercializing the next…

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  • Bi-Polar Bear

    The US military is keenly aware that gasoline and diesel are critical to the successful completion of their missions. Fuel convoys were the number one target of hostile attack in Iraq. Getting fuel to our forces in Afghanistan drove the average cost of a gallon over $200. And it goes without saying that the projection of American power would be greatly hampered if we have to beg Saudi Arabia or Russia or China for fuel.

    And so the military is way out ahead of the rest of the country in finding ways to use fuel efficiently. They are better than all other sectors of our economy in defining future challenges and finding solutions to them.

    With DARPA leading the way in self driving vehicles and the Navy working on lighter, more fuel efficient cars, maybe someday the fantasy of going places on automated highways while the family members all sit around a central table playing Parcheesi like we saw on the cover of Popular Mechanics in the 50’s will come true! : )

  • cwclifford

    Shouldn’t the acronym be “L3MI”?