GM Defense Builds Electric ISV For Army

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The All-Electric Concept Vehicle is a one-of-a-kind electric version of GM Defense's Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV). The General Motors eCrate electric powertrain is used in the All-Electric Concept Vehicle. This is powered by a 200-horsepower electric motor with a torque of 361 Newton-meters. There's also a 400-volt, 60-kilowatt-hour battery, and the range is expected to be 70 to 150 miles.

The current ISV is powered by a 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel engine with over 186 horsepower and 500 Newton-meters of torque.


Surprisingly for an EV, the drive-train places the electric motor in the front under the hood, but it only powers the rear wheels. The machine will also reportedly run in four-wheel drive, implying that the power is routed into a transfer case.

In November 2020, the US Army issued a survey to determine the availability of an electric light reconnaissance vehicle weighing 12,000 pounds fully loaded. The version of the ISV supplied by GM Defense to the US Army is made up of roughly 90% off-the-shelf parts from existing vehicles, especially the Colorado ZR2 pickup.

The Army has awarded GM Defense a $214.3 million military contract to develop the combustion-powered ISV. The original order is for 639 cars, but the deal allows for an expansion to 2,065 vehicles.

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