Developing Hybrid Propulsion for Military Land Vehicles

Babcock has signed an agreement with Cosworth to explore the use of hybrid systems in military land vehicles and will integrate a Catalytic Generator (Cat Gen) into a 70 Series Toyota Land Cruiser By Joseph Macey / 25 Sep 2023
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Babcock has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cosworth to explore the use of hybrid systems in military land vehicles.

Under the agreement, the companies will work together to deliver the systems to convert fuel to electricity in military vehicles.

Babcock will integrate Cosworth’s Catalytic Generator (Cat Gen) into a 70 Series Toyota Land Cruiser which forms part of Babcock’s General Logistics Vehicle (GLV) family and conduct trials in military environments.

Cosworth’s ‘Cat Gen’ is able to generate 35kW of electricity from a variety of liquid and gaseous fuels, in order to produce power. Successful trials would lead to both silent running and greater vehicle range when compared to existing hybrid propulsion methods.

The ‘Cat Gen’ has only one moving part, making maintenance minimal. It is also able to use fuels ranging from diesel through to zero-emissions hydrogen ensuring that it is a capability for both now and in the future.

Chris Spicer, Managing Director, Engineering & Systems Integration at Babcock, said; “We’ve already had great success working with the British Army to convert Land Rovers into Electric Vehicle prototypes. This new partnership with Cosworth will support Babcock’s development of the next generation of military hybrid vehicles. This is exciting news for the British Army who are already showing tremendous leadership in this field.”

Hal Reisiger, Cosworth CEO, added; “Cosworth has successfully expanded into the defense sector over the last eight years. This exciting program showcases our alternative propulsion solution the ‘Cat Gen’ and reinforces the brand’s commitment to supply a broad range of propulsion solutions across the Automotive, Motorsport, Marine, Aerospace and Defence sectors. Babcock is an important development partner for Cosworth, and we look forward to continuing our development partnership.”

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