Oshkosh Defence Discloses New Hybrid-Electric JLTV

Oshkosh Defence Discloses New Hybrid-Electric JLTV
Oshkosh Defence Discloses New Hybrid-Electric JLTV

Oshkosh Defence has developed a new version of its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) featuring hybrid-electric technology, which executives say will offer users increased capabilities and improved fuel economy.


Jan. 25 unveiling of the platform came as the Army and Marine Corps, through a joint program office, are set to kick off a major competition for a follow-on variant of the JLTV. Companies such as AM General, Navistar Defence and GM Defence are expected to compete alongside Oshkosh. The contract has been projected to be worth up to 6.5 billion USD.

Oshkosh Defence Discloses New Hybrid-Electric JLTV

While a hybrid-electric capability is not expected to be a requirement for the re-compete, Oshkosh believes it will help the company stand out.

The company’s electrification approach for the vehicle is based on commercially available components and technologies. The system's lithium-ion batteries charge while the platform’s diesel engine is in use. The batteries have a capacity of 30 kilowatt hours and can be used for 10 years. It takes about 30 minutes to charge them and offers 30 minutes of silent drive. The eJLTV’s silent drive and silent-watch capabilities eliminate noise and heat signatures associated with diesel engines, which could enable troops to operate more stealthily. According to the release, the vehicle has export power of up to 115 kilowatts, which will remove the need for multiple towed generators.