The project refers to a military ground vehicle demonstrator that could significantly improve fuel efficiency of light tactical vehicles. TARDEC approved the final design and authorized WTSI to build the Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator.
Modeling and simulation performed collaboratively between WTSI and TARDEC engineers indicate the design is aerodynamically efficient and will exceed the Army’s fuel efficiency expectations while meeting all other performance requirements.
“As TARDEC’s partner, WTSI is committed to being an integral part of this cutting-edge technology to deliver a significant increase in vehicle fuel efficiency to support our forces in the field,” said William Sample, WTSI president. “It’s important to demonstrate innovation and perform our engineering work with exceptional rigor, attention to detail and depth of analysis as we address the need for improved fuel efficiency.”
A primary feature of the vehicle is a road-coupled, parallel diesel-electric propulsion system that will offer significantly improved fuel efficiency. The fully operational demonstrator is scheduled for delivery by October 2011.
“WTSI made a diligent effort to leverage the expertise of Michigan’s automotive engineers and designers to pursue efficiency in every aspect possible and identify technologies that could reduce fuel consumption for military light tactical vehicles,” a company statement reads. “The primary focus of WTSI’s Michigan operations is to provide excellence in computer-aided engineering, computer-aided design and systems integration for military ground vehicles such as the Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator.”