The U.S. Army unveils its first hybrid-electric-propulsion system for a new fleet of Manned Ground Vehicles (MGV), which will be tested and evaluated at the Army’s Power and Energy Systems Integration Laboratory.

The hybrid-electric system will be integrated into eight new MGV variants for 15 future combat systems brigade combat teams, the Army says.

As with consumer hybrid-electric vehicles, the military-spec HEV drive system will improve fuel economy. However, it also will be used to supply the greater power requirements of future combat teams, the Army says.

The first hybrid-electric MGV variant, the Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon, will commence production in late 2008.