Even the U.S. military goes hybrid, a technology that enables new applications in light vehicles, as shown by the L-ATV, a light combat vehicle.
Equipped with advanced armor and a smart suspension (Oshkosh TAK-4i), which allows travels up to 20 inches (50.8 cm), it is proposed optionally with the ProPulse hybrid diesel technology that makes the vehicle both more functional (electricity can be exported) and more efficient.
In details, the ProPulse technology is a range extender that provides fuel savings up to 20%
The diesel engine is used as a generator, it directly supplies the independent electric motors that are placed in the axles and can provide up to 70kW of power.
“Battlefields have changed – threats are more dangerous, operating environments are more rugged and fuel efficiency is more important than ever. The state-of-the-art L-ATV is designed to meet these challenges, today and well into the future.” Ken Juergens, vice president and general manager of Joint Programs for Oshkosh Defense.