Humvee - now electric?Somehow I don’t think this will shut the environmentalists up:

Lithium-ion battery manufacturer EnerDel has signed an 18-month, $1.29 million contract with the U.S. Army to design and test hybrid battery options for the Humvee.

Trying to power the iconic fuel-guzzling High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV aka Humvee) with a battery, may seem like trying to put out a fire with a garden hose. But a lithium-ion battery system can deliver a lot of power from a battery quickly, giving a truck like the Humvee the thrust it requires.

EnerDel, a subsidiary of Ener1, will collaborate with the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) on four possible power systems that could be implemented in the XM1124 version of the Humvee.

But now that one of their preferred technologies is getting support from military spending, hopefully they will drop the ludicrous assertion that U.S. military expenditures are really a subsidy to oil, of which the unsubsidized price might otherwise be $300 to $480 a barrel.