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U.S. Army Hybrid-Electric Recon Vehicles Join Detroit Auto Show

Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center will exhibit examples of its advanced electric-drive vehicles at 2010 Detroit auto show.

Published: 08-Jan-2010

DETROIT ARSENAL, WARREN, MI - The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and Michigan’s growing defense industry will receive more than $14 billion in federal funds next year to pursue important military and energy projects, and some of these technologies will headline TARDEC’s ground vehicle exhibit at the 2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

The very latest in hybrid-electric (HE) vehicle technology and military stealth, along with advanced energy and battery developments, will be on display in TARDEC’s booth as part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s MEDC ExoXperience in Michigan Hall at the Cobo Center. TARDEC, the U.S. Army’s lead organization for ground vehicle systems integration, engineering and technology development, will display its Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV), as well as discuss its Autonomous Platform Demonstrator (APD) and Electronic Power Control and Conditioning (EPCC) Module at the show.

"In keeping with the nation's interest in fuel efficiency, renewable power and energy security, TARDEC is fully engaged in ambitious programs that push development of hybrid electric vehicles for U.S. military use," noted TARDEC National Automotive Center (NAC) Director Paul Skalny. “The organization is also pursuing advanced technologies in areas like energy storage, power and thermal management, robotics, survivability and vehicle platform design that not only benefit our Soldiers, but have commercial applications as well.”

The MEDC EcoXperience will feature a quarter-mile indoor ride-and-drive test track surrounded by landscaped and forested terrain. More than 50,000 NAIAS visitors are expected to visit the display, and a variety of electric vehicles will be provided by various manufacturers, including avant-garde electric vehicle inventions and those from TARDEC.

APD robotic scout vehicle

TARDEC’s exhibit will feature:

The U.S. Army is the owner and operator of the world’s largest fleet of ground vehicles. Among the questions TARDEC is addressing through HE and alternate fuels and energy programs are:

•If this technology was successfully imbedded and the necessary logistics and distribution issues addressed, how many fewer military vehicles would be hauling fuel?

•As fuel consumption is reduced and military vehicles use on-board renewable energy capabilities, how many less soldiers would be on the road delivering fuel and at risk from insurgent attack?

•How much longer could troops operate in austere environments if conventional fuel wasn’t the challenge?

For answers to these questions, visit the TARDEC booth at the MEDC ExoXperience in Michigan Hall at the Cobo Center.

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