Eaton To Develop Hydraulic Hybrid Drive For Army Vehicles

Posted on December 21, 2007

Eaton Corp. has announced its participation in a project in which its digital hydraulic hybrid drive system technology will be adapted for U.S. Army vehicles. The goal of the project, which is being done in conjunction with Western Michigan University (WMU), is to develop smaller and lighter drivetrain components, increase fuel efficiency and improve traction and stability for Army tactical vehicles.

“The new hybrid drivetrains will offer significant advantages over existing systems, enabling the vehicles to carry more armored protection for the soldiers who use them,” said Yannis Tsavalas, Eaton vice president and chief technology officer.

Development work will be conducted by scientists and engineers at Eaton’s Innovation Center in Southfield, Mich., in cooperation with WMU’s Center for Advanced Vehicle Design Simulation (CAVIDS) in Kalamazoo, Mich. Also actively involved in the project is Eaton’s hydraulics headquarters location in Eden Prairie, Minn.