Test for Two Hybrid Truck Demonstrators Starts

by : Lisa Ziegler

UQM Technologies, Inc has been working in conjunction with Armor Holdings, Inc. to begin the Military Utility Assessment (MUA) testing of two hybrid electric future heavy trucks demonstrators at Ft. Lewis, Washington. During the test, the two hybrid electric future heavy trucks will go on rigorous services concerning military operations and assignments. The two hybrid electric vehicle demonstrators have already successfully completed a 3,000-mile test run that took place at U.S. Army's Aberdeen and Michigan Proving Grounds.

UQM Technologies, Inc. develops and manufactures high efficiency electric motors and alternative energy technologies and the company has provided the hybrid electric propulsion systems to the vehicles, which was developed by Armor Holdings, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of military vehicles and other military products.

Chris Chambers, Vice President of Programs and Business Development of Armor Holdings' Tactical Vehicle Systems Division commented, "The MSV design and development exercise has overcome many of the hybrid technology challenges this class of vehicle presents. Our work with UQM puts us at the forefront of this area and we are particularly pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Army as they scope their potential future tactical vehicle requirements."

"We are pleased to be a member of the Armor Holding's team and have their vehicles move to this important next step of testing as part of the US Army's Future Tactical Truck System program. The 120 kW UQM® electric propulsion systems powering these hybrid vehicles incorporate our latest technology advancements which further improve their performance, power density and efficiency, as well as their reliability, durability and cost." said William G. Rankin, President and Chief Executive Officer of UQM Technologies, Inc.

The hybrid electric future heavy trucks demonstrator is equipped with a 118 hp (120 kW) UQM hybrid electric propulsion systems. As an all-terrain vehicle like those Jeep models with , the two vehicles will undergo a series of tests as a part of Armor Holding's contract with the US Army' Future Tactical Truck System (FTTS) to develop a next generation tactical wheeled vehicle called the Maneuver Sustainment Vehicle (MSV). At the midst of the development, the U.S. Army will evaluate the needs and performance required for a future tactical vehicle by conducting these test programs.