US Marines MTVR-Auxiliary Power Unit
Nova Electric supplies the rugged inverter used on the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement Auxiliary Power Unit, a new generator in development for the US Marines and other branches of the DOD. This replaces the generators that need to be hauledaround, freeing up space and, because it’s more fuel efficient,it could save the Marine Corps almost 60 percent in fuel according to estimates. The APU attaches to the cab of a 7-ton truck and, in its current version, can put out 10 kilowatts of power while using less fuel, which is more than the current models produce. Marine Corps Systems Command compared the MTVR-APU and the standard “under the hood” engine for a 7-ton truck by running both of them under a 3kW load for an hour. The truck produced 120 amps over an hour using almost a gallon of gas, while the MTVR-APU provided the same amount of power using less than half a gallon of gas.