MCDID will begin to develop a requirements document for Tactical and Combat Vehicle Electrification (TaCVE) and will host an industry day on Oct. 20 to share its electrification initiatives with industry.
Co-hosting industry day will be CALSTART, an organization that focuses on clean technology transportation, and the Ground Vehicles Systems Center.
The TaCVE effort aims to decrease the Army’s reliance on fossil fuels. “The requirement also aims to increase operational reach across all maneuver formations through electric propulsion, which offers a variety of operational and tactical benefits,” the statement from MCDID said.
The Army launched an earnest effort into electrifying the brigade earlier this spring.
Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley, then-director of the Futures and Concepts Center within AFC, told Defense News at the time that the effort is easier said than done and doesn’t just just focus on simply powering a vehicle electrically, but would attempt to work out an entire enterprise that would support those electric vehicle fleets and other capabilities.
“Let’s be clear. We’re behind. We’re late to meet on this thing,” Wesley said. “If you look at all of the analysis, all of the various nations that we work with, they’re all going to electric power with their automotive fleet, and right now, although we do (science and technology) and we’ve got some research and development going on and we can build prototypes, in terms of a transition plan, we are not there.”
There will likely be a time where vehicles that use fossil fuel and ones that are all-electric share the battlefield. “What is the distribution plan that enables that?” Wesley wondered. “That is much more complex when you look at the implications for an entire enterprise.”
Wesley was in the process of preparing a proposal for the head of AFC on how to address how the service might accomplish such a big, but important endeavor that could change the paradigm of the logistics and sustainment tails as well as enhance force mobility.
The proposal was intended to make a business case for the Army electrifying the formation, discuss the technical feasibility and describe a transition process.
The MCDID requirements development process gives the overall effort traction to move out quickly.
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