A new, all-electric, rapid-response, light-tactical electric vehicle (LTEV) — developed specifically to be used by US law enforcement and government agencies for explosive ordnance disposal (bomb disposal) — has been revealed by the Birmingham-based firm TORQ Defense Systems.
The new, very quiet TORQ LTEV “enables a fully suited explosive ordnance disposal technician to rapidly deploy down range while easily transporting all the tools deemed necessary to identify, diagnose and disrupt suspected or real explosive devices,” a company press release noted.
“We designed this purpose-built LTEV with input from EOD and law enforcement industry experts as well as manufacturers of specialized EOD tools and products,” stated Rick D’Andrea, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Our goal was to develop a highly capable tactical vehicle that can alleviate EOD technician fatigue and may also serve to reduce a first responders time-on-target.”
The press release provides more: “Custom transport capabilities have been fully incorporated within the vehicle’s modular frame design to accept and carry a multitude of mission-critical and incident specific EOD tools deemed necessary to execute a render safe procedure. The LTEV can also receive, tow, and rapidly deploy a large vehicle bomb countermeasure system and this unique light tactical vehicle can be re-configured to serve specific agency needs including US Customs and Border Protection, HAZMAT, SWAT and more.”
Honestly, how many of you saw an EV like this coming to market?
Continuing: “With a max speed of 30 mph, features include an overhead operator protection system, independent front and rear suspension, all-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, 18 HP electric AC brushless motor, 450 Amp motor controller, 48-volt AGM battery bank. The LTEV’s on-board charging system easily plugs in to any standard 110 electrical outlet.”
As most will probably agree, a bomb disposal vehicle that isn’t carrying flammable fuels and is near silent probably has its value.
“The open design of this lightweight and stealthy task oriented vehicle easily lends itself to situational customization for a wide array of narrowly defined missions and applications,” commented TORQ Defense Systems President Steve Brown.