Oshkosh Defense on Tuesday unveiled the first-ever silent drive hybrid-electric Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the eJLTV.
The eJLTV offers the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps the same performance and protection as the base JLTV with the addition of silent drive, extended silent watch, enhanced fuel economy, and increased exportable power that enables it to be used in combat and reconnaissance scenarios.
The eJLTV charges the battery while in use, fully recharging the lithium-ion battery within 30 minutes. This eliminates the need for a charging infrastructure, which remains one of the most significant challenges to the widespread electrification of the tactical wheeled vehicle fleet.
According to John Bryant, executive vice president for Oshkosh Corporation and president of Oshkosh Defense, the eJLTV has been under development for many years. The company tested multiple hybrid-electric variants of its heavy and medium-duty tactical wheeled vehicles. He says the eJLTV gives military customers an affordable way to electrify light tactical wheeled vehicle fleets without compromising off-road performance or protection.
This year, the U.S. Army plans to recompete the JLTV program and issue a follow-on production contract in September 2022. The follow-on contract, valued at $6.5 Billion, includes an additional 15,468 vehicles and five order years followed by five options years, extending production through FY32.
The eJLTV improves fuel economy by more than 20%, has a 30kWh battery capacity and eliminates the need for a towed generator by providing export power capacity of up to 115kW