Hybrid technology is poised to offer even greater benefits in the military setting than already seen in the commercial and private vehicle sectors.

With improvements in efficiency and productivity of both vehicles and transport infrastructure seen in civilian applications expected to translate to similar military advantages, significant additional performance and sustainability enhancements can be made through the use of hybrid technologies targeted to the specific characteristics of military vehicles and operations.

Given the wide-ranging demands placed on military vehicles – including significant speed changes over varied terrain, the large volume of off-road activity and an average vehicle power requirement approaching 40% – hybrid technologies featuring energy recovery, engine right sizing, stop-start, alternate onboard power supply, combustion efficiency, accessory electrification and the export of power for external use, offer significant potential benefits.

The selection of hybridisation systems for military vehicles requires expert knowledge of defence vehicles and operations, military infrastructure and communication systems, applicable legislation and regulations, safety protocols, and environmental and other circumstantial factors.

Ricardo is an experienced, independent expert partner for defence clients looking to exploit the potential of hybrid technology for their vehicle fleets and operational systems. We have developed project and development processes specific to the complex requirements of defence vehicle programmes, and our teams follow a robust supplier audit process, critical in the design stages for defence hybrid vehicles where the use of new, unproven technologies, materials supply strategies and single sourcing can significantly jeopardise programmes.