Oshkosh Unveils Silent But Deadly eJLTV Hybrid


Oshkosh Unveils Silent But Deadly eJLTV Hybrid

It might surprise many to learn this, the United States Department of Defense lists “climate change and environmental degradation” as one of the biggest threats facing Americans in its most recent assessment, right up there with “China’s push for global power,” “Russian provocation,” “Iranian provocation,” “North Korean provocation,” and “COVID-19 pandemic and disease.” It’s perhaps with that in mind, that defense contractors have increasingly been offering up alternative fuel vehicles for the U.S. military. Oshkosh Defense just joined the fray, unveiling a hybridized prototype of its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, dubbed the Oshkosh eJLTV.

The eJLTV builds upon the JLTV that first went into service with the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Air Force in 2017. Like the standard JLTV (of which about 15,000 are currently operated by the armed forces), the eJLTV sports Oshkosh’s Baja-bred height-adjustable and self-leveling gas-adjustable independent suspension, MRAP-grade armor, and full-time four-wheel drive. Where things change is under the hood. Joining the standard GM-sourced Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 and Allison-built six-speed automatic is a new electric motor, backed up by a 30 kWh battery pack, which, the manufacturer says is leaves it “opportunity for growth.” The eJLTV’s battery pack and motor adds about 1,000 pounds to the JLTV’s roughly 14,000 pound curb weight.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.