Diesel-Electric Hybrid Could Replace HUMVEE

The workhorse of the United States Armed Forces is the HUMVEE, better known as the Hummer. And just as the civilian versions have ceased production, the armed forces plans of replacing the aging HUMVEE soon. One of the leading contenders, the L-ATV, also happens to be available as a diesel-electric hybrid.

While HUMVEE is a durable, sturdy vehicle, although our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq highlighted their shortcomings, namely the lack of scalable armor. The military has also made it clear that going green is a matter of national security. Everything from jets to and ships to hybrid land fighting vehicles capable of running on various different biofuels. There are every flying hybrid fighting vehicles and full-on hybrids in the works.

The L-ATV, built by Oshkosh Defense, features more armor and better protection for its occupants. It also happens to be available with a diesel-electric hybrid option that provides up to 70 kW of power, substantially improving range. This would make the L-ATV an ideal scouting and patrol vehicle, where range is key. Many causaulties and surprise attacks came from protecting fuel convoys, as many outlying bases run on huge diesel generators. A leaner, green military will be able to perform much better though, and the L-ATV could form the cornerstone of a more fuel-efficient fighting fleet.

Source: Oshkosh Defense

Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.