Wednesday, April 16, 2014

US Army to use 2WD electric-hybrid motorcycles for stealth operations

The US Army might soon be looking at modernizing its fleet of motorcycles. Battery power is the future!

According to a report on our favourite tech website, The Verge, the US military has approved funding for the development of a hybrid “stealth motorcycle,” which may be used by the Army’s special ops teams in the near future. According to the report, the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will work with BRD Motorcycles (based in San Francisco, California) to develop a multiple fuel, hybrid-electric dual-purpose motorcycle, which will boast an extended riding range and near-zero noise levels.

The proposed military motorcycle’s hybrid-electric powerplant will, apparently, be built by Logos Technologies. “When fully matured, the technology will allow small, distributed military teams to move long distances quickly and stealthily across harsh enemy terrain. Developed in partnership with BRD, the platform will combine Logos Technologies’ quieted, multifuel hybrid-electric power system with a cutting-edge, off-road electric motorcycle platform. This initiative will be the first time that a two-wheel-drive, multifuel hybrid capability has been integrated into a full-size off-road motorcycle,” says a news release on the Logos website.

So, yes, this almost silent hybrid-electric 2WD bike may well be useful for the US Army. We wonder if Captain America would be interested…?

Notably, BRD Motorcycles already make the RedShift PD electric motorcycle for the Police. More details here

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