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US Military Going Green with Humvee Replacement

Christian Seabaugh
Jan 4, 2012
With Iran's (empty) threats to close the Straits of Hormuz and the ensuing spike in oil prices such a move might cause currently the hot news in the mainstream press, it comes as no surprise to us that the United States Armed Forces, one of (if not the) biggest consumers of oil in the U.S. is looking to improve the fuel efficiency of its fleet, starting with a pair of hybrid replacements for the M1114 HMMWV, better known as the Humvee.
According to Digital Trends, the two hybrid Humvee replacements, dubbed the FED (Fuel Efficient ground vehicle Demonstrator) Alpha and FED Bravo, are more technology demonstrators than anything else at this point, with the goal of improving mpg by 70 percent compared to the Humvee. FED Team Leader at TARDEC (Tank and Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Command) Carl Johnson told Digital Trends, "Each vehicle will be important to the FED team's mission - to improve mpg by about 70 percent compared to a current M1114 HMMWV and reduce the Army's thirst for fuel on the battlefield."
Photo 2/2   |   FED Bravo Concpet
As with any on-going military research project, available information on the FED projects ranges from sparse on the Alpha, to non-existent on the Bravo, which is reportedly still classified. From the limited information we have available, the Alpha is reportedly equipped with a roof-mounted solar panel to power the vehicle's electrical systems. While we're purely speculating here, the Bravo would make most sense as a diesel-electric hybrid equipped with stop-start systems to help it improve on the Humvee's dismal fuel economy.
Source: Digital Trends via Yahoo! Autos
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