The Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) Alpha was given a shakedown testing Feb. 15 at a Michigan test center. The FED team wanted to tackle possible mechanical challenges locally prior to upcoming testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
The FED experienced a 72 percent improvement in fuel economy.
“We implemented a relatively conservative approach using near or in-market technology to reach our fuel economy objectives, and we have proven they are achievable,” said Wesley Scharmen, Ricardo chief engineer on the project. “This kept costs down and increased the production feasibility of the end product.”
TARDEC is designing fuel efficient vehicles that integrate a wide variety of technologies to demonstrate the state-of-the-art in fuel efficient vehicle design.
TARDEC has acquired PowerGenix NiZn batteries for military hybrid electric vehicles.