US Army Hybrid Diesel Concept

Apparently, the US military-industrial complex is going green. The Army have recently unveiled a hybrid-diesel concept called the Bravo FED (Fuel Efficiency Demonstrator). It was designed by a team of students from the College for Creative Studies, in Detroit.
FED Bravo 1 photo
Photo: US Army
The concept, which is, as its name suggests, just a demonstrator vehicle is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 diesel which drives the rear wheels while the front axle is turned by the auxiliary electric motor. The system gives the vehicle vastly improved fuel economy over the current Humvee, using less than half the fuel required for it. It gets 8.2 US mpg (28.7 l/100km) city and 14.2 US mpg (16.6 l/100km) highway – good figures for a vehicle which weighs over 7.5 tons (16.700lbs). The Bravo FED can also go up to 8km (5miles) on battery power alone which is useful if for whatever reason the diesel engine dies out or runs out of fuel, and you need to get away from the ‘terrorists’ whose fuel you were ‘taking’ in the first place.

The Bravo FED itself will definitely not make it into production in this form, but the technology used to power it will definitely make its way into various new military vehicles.
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