GM Protection desires to persuade the U.S. military that it has much more of what the army wants. Throughout this week’s Fashionable Day Marine 2023 exposition in Washington, D.C., GM Protection confirmed a brand new tactical automobile idea based mostly on the GMC Hummer EV platform. Known as the Electric Military Concept Vehicle (eMCV), it makes use of the identical Ultium platform and drivetrain because the retail Hummer EV. Which means a 200-kWh battery (usable) powering three motors making 1,000 horsepower, with the 2 motors in again able to torque vectoring, the only motor in entrance fitted with a locking diff. Upgrades over the dealership model embody Fox shocks working bigger 37-inch tires and heavy-duty brakes. The redrawn entrance and rear bumpers enhance strategy and departure angles.
The tube chassis and lack of physique panels would shed among the Hummer’s prodigious weight, however, vary is lowered because of the opposite mods that scale back aerodynamic effectivity. Amongst stated mods to the six-seater is a 46-inch gun ring and a swing side-arm mount when it is time to clock in. The estimated vary drops to 300 miles from the 329 on the retail Hummer EV.
Being largely electrical – extra on that in a second – the eMCV has options Silent Drive and Silent Watch driving modes might get fighters on-station with minimal noise.Plugged into a quick charger able to 350 kilowatts, GM Protection says 12 minutes will get 100 miles of vary. However when silence is not a crucial issue, this can be a collection hybrid. GM Protection added a 12-kW diesel generator that may present “restricted charging and propulsion,” which might additionally assist cost “mission-critical tools.”
Some time again, the Army purchased a commercial Hummer EV for analysis. The army did not request this new idea, a GM Defense spokesperson telling Defense News it was constructed as an indication of potential.
“We’re making an attempt to showcase what’s within the realm of the doable simply so we are able to get the dialogue going and assist form [the military’s] future necessities,” the spokesperson stated. “They get to see the totally different sizes and the right way to customise it, the totally different choices.”
The eMCV sat on the commerce present ground subsequent to GM Protection’s All-Electrical Army Idea Car, a Chevy Colorado-based Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) powered by a 60-kWh battery juicing an e-crate motor with 200 hp and 266 pound-feet of torque. The eISV was additionally constructed as a demonstrator with out army enter.
To indicate the army the way it might present energy to such autos, GM Protection additionally introduced its electrical energy storage resolution referred to as the Steady Tactical Expeditionary Electrical Energy (STEEP). Developed with Cummins Energy Technology, Stripes said STEEP appears to at some point present a “modular, automobile transportable system … for tactical and cell microgrids.”
GM Protection already gives the gas-powered, Chevy Colorado ZR2-based Infantry Squad Vehicle. The Military and the Marines are working on a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), and the Military particularly is on the lookout for an Electrical Gentle Reconnaissance Car (eLRV). The U.S. army’s largest department is in the process of requesting proposals for prototypes now.