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Australia showcases electrifying Bushmaster

11th August 2022 - 00:37 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The Australian military is experimenting with an electrically powered Bushmaster known as the ePMV. (Department of Defence)

An electrically powered Bushmaster is on the cards for the Australian Army, if the concept passes coming field trials. Additionally, Australia will conduct a wide-ranging Defence Strategic Review.

The prototype of a new hybrid electric-powered Bushmaster 4x4 protected mobility vehicle was unveiled at the Chief of Amy Symposium 2022 in Adelaide on 9 August.

The silent ePMV employs two hybrid electric drives in the hull that produce 140kW and 480Nm of continuous torque. The batteries are stored in the space formed by the V-shaped hull. A small diesel engine acts as a range extender, giving 400kW of continuous power and helping charge the power bank.

The Bushmaster’s optimised power management system gives an estimated 200-300km range and 24-36h of silent watch on battery power. This compares with a

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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