Clean Transport The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) joins the Ecollaboration theme

Published on April 10th, 2010 | by Tina Casey

1

U.S. Army Goes All Out for Ecollaboration

April 10th, 2010 by  

The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) joins the Ecollaboration themeEcollaboration sounds like a Disney World installation but it’s serious business for the U.S. Army.  The Army’s Tank, Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) plans to have one of the biggest displays at next week’s SAE International 2010 World Congress, which will focus on collaborative  automotive technologies that address sustainability issues, under the umbrella of the Ecollaboration theme.

[social_buttons]

SAE International is a professional organization that develops global standards for all types of motorized vehicles and the U.S. military has the largest fleet of vehicles in the world.  Given the military’s increasing focus on climate change as an emerging threat to U.S. security, its enthusiastic participation in this SAE showcase is likely to influence future trends.

TARDEC and Sustainability

The TARDEC display (pdf) will consist of three installations.  One is the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck, which carries a power control unit that can input current from multiple sources including solar and wind, and convert them all to computer-grade electricity.  Another is a pair of  fuel economy related installations: the robotic Autonomous Platform Demonstrator that TARDEC uses to test hybrid-electric drive and other performance technologies, and the new Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (a diesel-electric hybrid that uses 25% less fuel).  The third area is an outreach and communication installation focusing on fuel efficiency and the cross-application of military and civilian vehicles, featuring TARDEC models along with student-designed concepts from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

TARDEC and Technology

By now we all know that the U.S. military invented the Internet a while back, and TARDEC demonstrates how the phenomenal power of military resources might once again cross over and steer a fundamental change in civilian technology.   Even with budgets tightening, work went ahead last year on a brand new 30,000 square foot TARDEC research complex near Detroit, which consists of eight different laboratories focusing on sustainability and energy security.

Image: Courtesy of  TARDEC
 
Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.”
 
Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.

 

Tags:


About the Author

specializes in military and corporate sustainability, advanced technology, emerging materials, biofuels, and water and wastewater issues. Tina’s articles are reposted frequently on Reuters, Scientific American, and many other sites. Views expressed are her own. Follow her on Twitter @TinaMCasey and Google+.



  • Good morning, I’d like to thank you for an outstanding site about a subject I have had an interest in for evere ? now.I have been lurking and examining the posts avidly so decided to express my gratitude for providing me with some very good reading material. I look forward to more, and taking a more active part in the discussions here, whilst learning too!!

Back to Top ↑
  • Advertisements

  • Top Posts & Pages

  • Cool Cleantech Events

    Low Voltage Electrification Event, April 25-27. Detroit, Michigan (US)
    Delve deep into the benefits and challenges associated with EV power supply.

    Offshore Wind Market Development USA, May 11-12, Boston, Massachusetts (US)
    Network and establish your business in one of North America’s largest energy industries.

    Energy Storage USA, June 15-16, San Diego, California (US)
    Only event in the United States focused exclusively on the commercialization of storage.

    More details are on: Cleantech Events.

  • Advertisement

  • CleanTechnica Electric Car Report

    Electric Cars Early Adopters First Followers
  • Tesla Model 3 Review by EVANNEX

    Tesla Model 3 Review from EVANNEX
  • Tesla Model 3 Exclusive Video

    Tesla Model 3 Video
  • Tesla Model 3 Exclusive Pictures

    Tesla Model 3 Video
  • Tesla Model X Review #1 (Video)

    Tesla Model X Review from new owners Zach Shahan
  • Tesla Model X Review #2 (Pictures)

    Tesla Model X Review from Kyle Field
  • Tesla Model S Long-Term Review

    Tesla Model S Long Term Review from Kyle Field
  • Nissan LEAF Long-Term Review

    Nissan LEAF Long Term Review from Cynthia Shahan
  • Interview with Michael Liebreich

    Interview with Michael Liebreich
  • Interview with Akon (Teslas & Solar)

    Interview with Akon Tesla Model S Tesla Model X Solar Power Africa
  • Interview with Dr Nawal Al-Hosany

    Interview with Dr Nawal Al-Hosany
  • Interview with Gro Brundtland

    Gro Brundtland
  • Interview with President of Iceland

    President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
  • Interview with Nick Sampson

    Faraday Future VP Nick Sampson
  • Interview with Dipal Barua

    Dipal Barua 1st ZFEP WInner
  • Interview with Jonathon Porritt

    Jonathon Porritt
  • Interview with Clint Wilder

    Interview with Clint Wilder
  • Interviews with Solar Impulse Pilots

    Bertrand Piccard Andre Borschberg
  • Check out more CleanTechnica Videos.

  • Join The Solar Revolution!

    Edison-solar-energy solar-energy-spill-nice-day
  • Cost of Solar Panels

    cost-of-solar-down
  • Search the IM Network


Shares