All told, that puts development of this off-road contraption at a cool $1.48 million. Today, it’s up for sale on eBay with bidding hovering around the $3,760 mark.
A 1.9-liter Volkswagen turbodiesel engine and onboard generator served to replenish the hybrid’s batteries once they ran low. It’s a setup not unlike today’s series hybrid passenger vehicles.
Despite the fact that this prototype never made it to mass production, that doesn’t equate it to a flop. The Mongrel is essentially the military vehicle equivalent of an auto show concept car, and it provided Army test crews a look into advanced hybrid and suspension designs. It wasn’t far off target either. Even the newly-approved Oshkosh JLTV sports an optional hybrid drive system.
Unfortunately, this prototype is a bit of a fixer-upper. According to the owner, the Mongrel was stripped of its interior after government testing concluded, in addition to its off-road bumpers, generator, and other essential running gear. Though it is cool.