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Military Revs Up Interest in Hybrid Vehicles

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Not all military vehicles are made for the battlefield – Bright technology has adapted its Idea plug-in hybrid van for practical use by the U.S. Army. The van can drive 30 miles on electricity before switching to its combustion engine, and can even act as a generator of electricity.

With rising fuel costs, the military is looking toward green technologies such as hybrid vehicles to save money on consumption. The USS Makin Island, the Navy’s first hybrid ship, recently completed its first cross-country voyage, arriving in San Francisco. BAE Systems is also currently developing a hybrid Ground Combat Vehicle for the army.

Nigel Francis, Bright Automotive executive vice president, said: “As with everything we do, Bright listened to the customer to develop a vehicle that exceeds their specific efficiency and utility demands. The U.S. Army fleet consists of over 80,000 non-tactical vehicles that rely on hydrocarbon-based fuel sources, so plug-in vehicles are a huge opportunity to cut fuel costs.”

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