Babcock, Cosworth sign MoU for hybrid propulsion in military vehicles

Babcock has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cosworth, propulsion experts, to explore the use of hybrid propulsion 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 ‘Cat Gen’ (Catalytic Generator) 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.