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President’s Assistant on Energy Visits Detroit

It seems even the Defense Department wants to dump Hummer because of its poor fuel economy.

by on Aug.04, 2009

MRAPs, Courtesy of the Army Times

The heavy vehicles that protect soldiers from improvised explosive devices, only get about three miles per gallon, a major problem.

President Barack Obama’s energy czar, Carol Browner, made a quick visit to Detroit this week to discuss research and development in the auto industry. One thing that became apparent during her short stay in the Motor City, the U.S. Department of Defense is eager to use all-electric vehicles in the future.

Concern over whether electric Vehicles can actually satisfy consumers has hung over the development of electric vehicles for decades. However, one influential consumer, the U.S. Army, has seen enough and heard enough to emerge as a huge EV fan.

It’s seems even the DOD is eager to dump its Hummer franchise.

Grace Bochenek, director of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering, center told Browner the goal right now is to move to use nothing but electric vehicles for ground operations in the future. “We hope to be driving all-electric vehicles by 2025,” she said. Driving the move to electric vehicles is cost, she said.

The DOD pays an enormous bill for petroleum every year and its continues to increase as the Humvees (High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles) and MRAPS (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected), the heavy duty patrol vehicles that protect soldiers from improvised explosive devices, only get about three miles per gallon, she said. With such poor range, the cost and protection of fuel supplies is a major issue for combat forces.

The Army needs to do better, she said.

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Latest News on Our Inadequate Military Vehicles

Americans have been unprepared for just about every war we've gotten into. Our troops deserve better.

by on Jun.09, 2009

Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle

Once again our latest military equipment has developed an Achilles Heel.

A few years ago the big controversy was the necessity to build new armored HUMVEES for the military, or convert older ones by “up-armoring.” Critics of the Defense Department badgered the military for not doing it before invading Iraq, and after discovering the need, for not reacting sooner.

Then-Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld’s response was,” You go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want.” Be it ever so. Americans have been unprepared for just about every war we’ve gotten into

Now there’s a new version of this age-old problem coming out of hostilities in Afghanistan.

The U. S. military’s newest vehicle type is called the EM-rap, or MRAP, which stands for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected. It’s a giant armored personnel carrier, not unlike a garbage truck in size and dimensions, designed with an armored V-shaped hull to minimize injuries from IEDs — Improvised Explosive Devices — in the current Middle Eastern wars. MRAPs were quickly developed by the Army, Marines and defense contractors when even armored HUMVEES proved inadequate for occupant protection from IEDs.

Now the action has shifted from the cities, deserts and palm groves of Iraq to the rugged mountainous territory of Afghanistan, and once again our latest military equipment has developed an Achilles Heel. Word coming back from our fighting forces is that when the IED-resistant MRAPS go off-road into the rough Afghan terrain, they have suffered from bent axles and broken springs, as well as limited off-road capability. (more…)