ERJ staff report (DS)
Aberdeen, Maryland -- A new, fuel-efficient vehicle aimed at the US Army uses Goodyear-brand tyres and has been on test at the US Army's proving ground in Maryland for the last couple of months. The tyres are Goodyear Fuel Max low rolling resistance tyres specifically designed for the specific vehicle.
Consulting engineers, Ricardo said it has completed the build of the FED ALPHA vehicle as part of the Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) programme for the US Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) - the company has been awarded a contract for the testing phase, which is currently underway.
The goal of the FED programme, launched in late 2008, is to improve military vehicle technology, reduce fuel consumption on the battlefield and reduce the nation's dependence on oil. Ricardo has applied its expertise in the design, development and manufacturing of special vehicles, and advanced automotive technology to create a demonstration vehicle that maximises fuel economy while maintaining the capability and performance of light tactical wheeled vehicles.
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Press release from Ricardo