The logistics of moving fuel is a major problem for the military, therefore the DOD is interested technology to increase the fuel efficiency of its fighting machines. While not a front line vehicle, this new hybrid "jeep" is an example of the goal of using more efficient vehicles.
The vehicle is powered by a small, three-cylinder diesel engine and two hybrid motors. It would cost about $20,000 to manufacture and could replace a $65,000 Humvee, Almand said. The vehicles are expected to get about 50 miles per gallon, compared to the Humvee's current 11 mpg. "The more money we can save the better," Almand said.