UEVs: The Submerged World of Underwater Electric Vehicles

UEVs: The Submerged World of Underwater Electric Vehicles

PHOTO CAPTION: Boeing Echo Voyager unmanned underwater vessel. They are one of the oldest forms of hybrid electric vehicles, and like their surface counterparts, the human is about to be relegated to the role of an observer or target. It was 90 years ago that the US Navy proposed powering its new S-Class submarines using a system similar to what powers today’s hybrid cars – the Prius and the Volt, for example – an internal combustion engine connected via a special transmission to a generator/motor combination. On the surface, diesel engines would turn the prop shaft and/or recharge the […]