Air Assault Troops Experiment with Hybrid Humvee

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Published: 20-Oct-2005

WASHINGTON -- The Hybrid Electric Humvee, which can operate in silent mode on battery power alone, was run through a number of field assessments Sept. 26 to Oct. 3 by Soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Soldiers drove the Humvee for six miles on only battery power, convoyed in the hybrid (electric-diesel) mode, and used the vehicle’s electrical system to power a battalion tactical operations center. It was the first phase of the vehicle’s Military Utility Assessment, conducted during a training exercise by Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1/501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Follow-on assessments for the HE Humvee are scheduled to begin Nov. 21 at Fort Benning, Ga. Two of the Humvees will take part in an Air Assault Expeditionary Force experiment.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.

The bottom line: A comfortable but not flashy SUV with the benefit of great gas mileage thanks to Toyota's hybrid power plant.


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