The Electric Vehicle Revolution Is Finally Hitting the U.S. Army


The U.S. Army could start purchasing electric versions of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the Pentagon’s new replacement for the Humvee. The Army believes that the gradual shift from liquid fuel powered engines to electric engines could force it to electrify its wheeled vehicles. The service cites both logistical but also economic reasons why a JLTV-EV might be in its future.

The JLTV is an armored 4×4 utility vehicle designed to offer increased crew protection than the older Humvee. The spiritual successor to the World War II era jeep, the Army plans to buy three variants: a general purpose flatbed variant, heavy guns carrier variant, and close combat weapon carrier variant. JLTV is large and features a Banks 866T turbo diesel engine, itself based on the Duramax 6.6-liter V-8 diesel. From a logistical standpoint, however, one of the JLTV’s best features may in fact make it vulnerable in the long run.

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Source: Popular Mechanics