Two hybrid-powered combat vehicles CERV and FTTS that offer both fuel economy and stealth are on display at the U.S. Army booth at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, which opened its 10-day run Friday February 11, 2011.
Quantum Technologies' Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle, CERV
Navistar's Future Tactical Truck System FTTS
Cool, you can kill some people and be green-hippie activist at the same time)
Well, at least some kind of hybrid propulsion has potential for reconaissance vehicles as it can operate almost completely silent.
U.S. Army brings prototype of CERV Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle at Chicago Auto Show.
http://tinyurl.com/776ocx4The two Clandestine Extended Range Vehicles, or CERVs, are light-weight, diesel-electric hybrid prototypes that have been engineered for reconnaissance, targeting and rescue missions. With a top speed of 80 mph, the CERVs have a "silent run" capability of eight miles, can ascend a 60-percent grade, have a torque rating of 5,000 pounds and have a decreased fuel consumption of 25 percent over conventional models.
"The amount of fuel that we can save will reduce the amount of Soldiers that are out on convoys providing all the logistics tail that we have," said Lt. Col. Andres Contraras of TARDEC. He said using hybrid technology throughout the Army's tactical fleet could eventually eliminate the need for thousands of the Soldiers on the battlefield who are engaged in the delivery of fuel.
Here's a hybrid ACV concept currently in development by FNSS
And next big project develop Hybrid IFV technology demonstrator