The US Army will switch to hybrids and electric vehicles

The US Army will switch to hybrids and electric vehicles 1

The US Army has its own climate strategy, divided into three directions. In addition to electrifying military facilities and equipment, the Defense Ministry will optimize supplies and logistics, as well as train soldiers to “conduct combat operations in the face of global climate change.” The goal is to reduce harmful emissions to 50 percent of the 2005 level by 2032 and to make them zero by 2050.

According to US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, the world is on the verge of a climate crisis, and who better than the US Army to look for a way out of it. Now the agency ranks 47th in terms of harmful emissions, ahead of hundreds of countries. There are more than 170 thousand non— tactical vehicles in the army park, the transfer of which to electric traction will take at least 13 years. So, by 2027, the Ministry of Defense wants to electrify at least light non-tactical vehicles, and by 2035 — all the remaining ones.

Some services of the department have already begun to abandon cars with traditional power plants. Over the past three years, 18,000 gasoline cars have been removed from the fleet and three thousand hybrids have been added, which has saved about $50 million, reduced fuel consumption by 49 million liters, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions per mile run by 12 percent. During the year, 470 charging stations will be installed at military bases, which will receive energy from electric microgrids using renewable sources.

At the same time, decarbonization will affect logistics chains and all key suppliers. Companies will be required to introduce “green” technologies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Another important aspect of the strategy is training soldiers to “conduct combat operations in the face of global climate change,” but such programs will not appear until 2028. The issues of electrification of military equipment have not yet been touched upon, although experiments are being conducted in this area.

The company Oshkosh Defense, which provides motorized units of the US army with SUVs, recently built a light tactical vehicle with a hybrid power plant. It is equipped with a diesel-electric system, consumes 20 percent less fuel, and allows you to move silently for a while. Moreover, it is possible to power external devices with a capacity of up to 115 kilowatts from such an SUV, which means there is no need to carry a separate generator with you.

According to Oshkosh, so far there have been no requests for hybrid combat vehicles from the army, so their development is carried out solely to demonstrate technical capabilities.

Source: Electrek