Babcock to support British Army with electric vehicle conversion trials

Babcock International, the defence company, has been awarded a one-year contract by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to help the British Army understand the Defence application and constraints of electric propulsion.

Partnering with Electric Vehicles (EV) experts, Electrogenic, Babcock will convert four in-service military Land Rovers, two protected vehicles and two general service, from diesel fueled to EV using a drop-in kit and modified battery system.

The vehicles will then be put to the test by the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) in a series of experimental battlefield / military scenarios, which will assess performance over steep terrain, wading and towing, and different climate-related conditions.

Babcock International was awarded the contract by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), the procurement arm for the UK Armed Forces.

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