Using a high power density 330cc Wankel rotary engine modified to use diesel and military grade jet fuel, TARDEC developed an Auxiliary Power Unit designed to fit into an M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT). The engine is coupled to an air-cooled alternator producing 10kW of power for auxiliary loads such as electrical fans, scopes and communications components. At idle, the M1 Abrams consumes approximately 13-18 gallons per hour. TARDEC's APU can increase the range of the Abrams and save fuel costs significantly by reducing fuel consumption down to a gallon per hour.
cconway commented on October 27, 2012
This item has direct applicaion to several civilian markets. Smaller version (3-5 Killowatt) for residential emergency power. A couple of the 10 killowatt units could probably power a large truck. The unit as it stands would be a very capable prime mover for an automobile.
Amflyer commented on December 22, 2008
Question you need to ask, for the 100's of millions pumped into TARDEC for these development projects (Smart Truck I, II, and III and others) how many actually made it to the field, or rolled out to the Civ marketplace.........very few I would believe, but they make nice retirement projects (start a project and ride it into retirement....)....
Amflyer commented on September 11, 2008
When can we start putting them in?