Hybrid Drive Partnerships Keep the Army on the Right Road
TACOM RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER WARREN MI
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The drive to security, as well as prosperity, follows the same road. The trucking industry has a vested interest in the alternative propulsion needs of military vehicles. Just as important, the military vehicle community is synchronized with the trucking industry. Only through cooperation can the Army reasonably obtain the drive technology it requires to be successful. By providing that cooperation, commercial interests can develop the technology to meet military requirements while advancing the trucking industry as well. The mission of the National Automotive Center NAC, part of the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center TARDEC, located in Warren, Ml, is to serve as a catalyst linking industry, academia, and government agendas in the development and exchange of automotive technologies. One focus of the NAC has been to find ways to get more useful work for every gallon of fuel burned. One way is to allow the engine to run as close to its peak operating point as possible, while storing unused, or previously wasted energy, to be used for providing the drive during transient stages. This combination of engine power and energy storage is the hybrid concept.
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