Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Clean Transport

U.S. Army Goes All Out for Ecollaboration

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.


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.

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Autonomous Drones for Better Farming

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...
If you like what we do and want to support us, please chip in a bit monthly via PayPal or Patreon to help our team do what we do! Thank you!
Written By

Tina specializes in military and corporate sustainability, advanced technology, emerging materials, biofuels, and water and wastewater issues. Views expressed are her own. Follow her on Twitter @TinaMCasey and Google+.


You May Also Like


Woke or not, the US Army has invested $10 million in new silicon battery technology.


The US Army is testing a new flow battery that can suck up wind and solar energy like a high tech vacuum.

Green Economy

In another bad sign for fossil energy stakeholders, the apparel industry supply chain is focusing more attention on recycling pre-consumer and post-consumer petrochemicals.


The US Army is pursuing new silicon energy storage technology for light weight, long lasting portable batteries.

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.