Army approves electrification requirements for vehicles, plans industry day

By Ashley Tressel / September 23, 2020 at 4:19 PM

The Army's Maneuver Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate has received approval from Army Futures Command on future electrification requirements, the directorate announced this week.

The MCDID's Maneuver Requirements Division is in charge of developing the requirements document for tactical and combat vehicle electrification, the directorate said in a press release.

The document is "the overarching requirement for reducing the Army's tactical and combat vehicles' reliance on fossil fuels," the release states.

"The requirement also aims to increase operational reach across all maneuver formations through electric propulsion, which offers a variety of operational and tactical benefits. These include the potential to double operational duration, implement silent mobility, increase silent watch, and potentially reduce the Army's logistical burden by nearly half when fully implemented."

The Army is hosting a virtual industry day on Oct. 20 to fill in industry on its electrification initiatives in partnership with CALSTART, an organization that focuses on clean technology transportation initiatives, according to the release.