Oshkosh Defense receives new patents on hybrid military vehicle

Oshkosh Defense announced Monday that It was granted five new patents For a hybrid electric military vehicle. The Hybrid Electric Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or eJLTV, was first announced in January,

The vehicle is a hybrid version of the traditional Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, and improves the fuel economy of a conventional vehicle by more than 20 percent.

The patents relate to the assisted drive approach, battery and inverter integration, and the range and capability of the Oshkosh vehicle.

Oshkosh Defense Vice President George Mansfield said in a statement, “Hybrid electric vehicle technology provides silent drive, extended silent clock, increased fuel economy and increased exportable power that enable it to be used in combat and reconnaissance scenarios.” Is.”

The US military aims to roll out hybrid-drive tactical vehicles by 2035, according to climate strategy plan Released in February this year.

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“The military must adapt to our entire enterprise and purposefully pursue greenhouse gas mitigation strategies to reduce climate risks,” Army Secretary Christine Wermuth said in the plan report.

Francisco Sayu is the Emerging Technology Director for Renew Wisconsin, a non-profit that promotes renewable energy. He said there could be many benefits to using hybrid and electric vehicles in strategic settings, including risk management.

“It reduces your dependence on resources that you have to bring in from outside,” he said. “Every time you have to move supplies from one place to their destination, there’s a cost associated with that, and there’s a risk associated with that.”

In addition to better fuel economy, Sayu said the reduced noise and fumes from hybrid and electric vehicles could be an advantage in a military setting. eJLTV has silent drive and silent watch capabilities, a . According to Press release,

Oshkosh Defense is still there 18 Pending Patent Applications For EJLTV. Last year the company received a multi-billion dollar federal contract to manufacture 165,000 postal trucks, which it opted to build in South Carolina instead of Wisconsin.

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