Army's New Hybrid Tank Targets Our Enemies and Soaring Oil Prices

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All the military funding in the world won't be able buy fuel when the world's oil supplies are depleted. So the U.S. Army has commissioned a new hybrid electric tank that's not unlike a war-friendly version of the Prius.

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It's being designed and built by BAE Systems working with Northrop Grumman who just released some renderings of the GCV, or Ground Combat Vehicle, confirming that it does still indeed look like a badass tank.

Like the Prius, and other vehicles that use a hybrid electric drive, the GCV should provide longer operating times between fill-ups, which is particularly important when the vehicle is deployed in remote areas, away from readily-accessible supply lines.

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Illustration for article titled Armys New Hybrid Tank Targets Our Enemies and Soaring Oil Prices

It also takes advantage of the high-torque benefits of an electric drivetrain, but also puts the military on track to eventually adapting all electric vehicles one day when, you know, batteries don't suck. [BAE Systems via Autoblog Green]

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Smart thinking to go with a generator and electric propulsion. The demand for electrical power keeps going up on everything.

Plus it will help when we finally get those darn Rail Guns working. You can store a lot more ammo when it doesn't need propellant. It will be a lot safer without all those high explosives laying around inside.

It is about time we started getting smart when it comes to armored tech.

Next step is full on Mechwarrior fighting robots. Hook me up with a Nova, plasma cannons, and medium lasers.