According to a Saft statement, the demo battery system including hardware and software for the vehicle’s hybrid electric drive system has already been completed and the new funding continues the firm’s work on the project.
The ground combat vehicle is a nine-man infantry carrier that can protect against threats and move in off road and urban terrain as well as accommodate emerging technologies.
The Saft-made battery cells support GCV’s electric drive system when the vehicle is not running on gasoline, such as during silent watch missions.
If the BAE–Northrop team is selected as the Army’s design and manufacturing partner, Saft will likely be the battery supplier when production begins in 2019.
According to Saft, the GCV is part of a growing list of military vehicle prototypes for which the company has supplied advanced energy storage solutions.