The US Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division has confirmed to leverage Indiana’s racing community’s expertise to expedite the development of new hybrid-electric vehicle.

The new military tactical hybrid-electric vehicle is being developed to meet the emerging requirements of the country’s expeditionary forces.

Led by NSWC, Crane Division, the effort to develop this off-road electric or hybrid technology started in fiscal year 2015 (FY15).

Throughout these eight years, NSWC Crane has been focusing to deliver a vehicle that that can be driven through rough terrain, while not being heavily dependent on fuel.

The latest decision to collaborate with Indianapolis racing community was a ‘logical’ and crucial step in the tactical hybrid-electric vehicle’s rapid development effort.

NSWC Crane claimed that Indiana has a long history of racing culture, automotive manufacturing and technology development that can directly support their mission.

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NSWC Crane employee and Tactical Hybrid-Electric Vehicle project lead Braden Yake said: “We identified the science and technology requirements to put high-energy payloads in small, transportable vehicles.

“Back then, high energy payloads needed heavy vehicles to support them. Building this type of solution hadn’t been done before.”

According to Yake, the team internally produced several proof of concept designs to provide a more durable and lightweight platform, however, the designs were not finalised, which led them to work with an Indianapolis-based racing company.

Yake added: “The Indiana racing community was synonymous with military work because of the amount of engineering required for a rugged, high performance solution.

“In the next FY, the team is leveraging internal Naval Innovative Science and Engineering funding to mentor US Naval Academy midshipmen on an effort to convert their internal combustion engine formula SAE racecar to an electric powered variant.”