Electric Drive Study
Final rept. Jan 1984-Mar 1987
GENERAL DYNAMICS CORP WARREN MI LAND SYSTEMS DIV
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The Electric Drive Study effort, sponsored by the U.S. Army, encompassed a period of 38 months and included the following three major subtasks 1 Technology Survey of Current and Near Term Electric Drive Components, 2 Concept Generation and Evaluation of Electric Drives for 19.5 and 40.0 Ton Track-Laying Combat Vehicles, and 3 Parametric Study of Electric Drive Component Technologies. The U.S. Army has a renewed interest in the application of the electric drive technology to combat vehicles because recent improvements in electrical components and control methodology show promise in overcoming past drawback of electric drivetrains namely, high weight and volume and low efficiency. The first phase of this study contract, the Technology Survey document number JU-84-04057-002, showed the electric drive was near- term technology and that with further development, it could become a practical alternative to the conventional drive systems currently employed in track-laying vehicles.
- Combat Vehicles