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Old 09-21-2011, 11:50 AM   #1
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U.S. military considers replacing Humvee with diesel hybrid L-ATV

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Posted Sep 21st 2011 8:00AM

The battle-tested AM General Hummer is on its way out and it's time to bid farewell to the aging military vet.

In the Humvee's place could step the L-ATV. The Wisconsin-built Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle is built by Oshkosh Defense. Powered by a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain, the The L-ATV appears capable of traversing nearly any type of terrain.

The L-ATV is highly armored, can accept multiple armor configurations and has nearly unmatched off-road capabilities. Oshkosh's proprietary TAK-4i independent suspension system offers an impressive 20 inches of suspension travel at each wheel, which Oshkosh says is 25 percent more than any vehicle currently in use by the U.S. military.

While drivers of the L-ATV probably have more pressing issues to consider than the vehicle's carbon emissions, they no doubt don't want to be stranded by a vehicle that runs out of fuel deep in enemy territory. That's one reason why the L-ATV's diesel hybrid powertrain make sense (there are others). So, as the aging Humvee retires from active duty, do you think it will be the diesel hybrid L-ATV that takes over?
As is often the case, great technological advances come via the military. We've seen this in medicine and in all sorts of other endeavors. Hopefully this suspension engineering will trickle down to be seen in civilian applications as well.

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Old 09-21-2011, 02:49 PM   #2
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Baja trucks have been rocking 20 inches of travel for decades (albeit not usually with independent suspension setups). It's not needed for the street, so I don't see it trickling down except for niche products like the Raptor's distant cousin.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:19 PM   #3
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An energy recovering 20" travel suspension system would be sweet.
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