The United States Army Tank- automotive and Armaments Command’s National Automotive Center (NAC) will exhibit the US Army’s continuing role in developing fuel cells and a broad range of ground vehicle technologies at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2003 World Congress in Detroit’s Cobo Center, March 3-6, 2003.

General Paul J. Kern, Commanding General, US Army Materiel Command, will deliver the keynote address at the SAE 2003 World Congress on Tuesday, March 4. The General will address the future of military ground propulsion and give an update on the Army’s advancement of vehicle technologies through automotive industry partnerships.

Some of the technologies that NAC engineers will display at SAE include military vehicle fuel cell technology, alternative fuels, hybrid hydraulic vehicle propulsion systems, motion capture/human modelling for simulation-based evaluation of ground vehicle design, 42-volt automotive electrical systems and an Omni-Directional Inspection System (ODIS) robot and trainer.

The US Army continues to partner and share costs with fuel cell and automotive companies to develop fuel cell technologies that meet commercial and military needs. Currently, the Army fuel cell strategy is to focus on fuel cell auxiliary power units (APUs) for near-term benefit; lead early demonstrations of hydrogen-fuelled fuel cell powered cars, light trucks and buses on military installations; and pursue technologies that adapt commercial fuel cell propulsion to military vehicle propulsion.