Anti-idle function in military ground vehicle power management systems

Reduced operational CO2 emissions through an anti-idling feature in power management systems

Have you ever thought about the amount of fuel consumed when military vehicles are idling for long periods of time?

At Thales, we have given it a lot of thought. One of the main reasons for leaving the engine running is lack of confidence in the availability of electricity. Crews idle their engines all the time to make sure the batteries are charged. This is common practice since in military operations – especially during silent standby – electrical systems are powered solely by the batteries.

Thales’s energy management system is designed to extract the maximum power from a vehicle, even during the most difficult missions. Our centralized monitoring and control of power generation, storage and distribution for military vehicles has allowed us to go even further. We have decided to undertake the difficult task of pursuing reduction in fuel consumption and wear and tear by introducing a new secure anti-idling function in our power management systems.

Its benefits and savings could be significant. Pentagon officials told the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee that it costs about $400 to transport a gallon of fuel to remote battlefields. In addition, our power management systems also protect people. Well over half of US military casualties in Afghanistan are due to improvised explosive devices, and many fuel shipments are exposed to such threats.*

The Thales Power Management System performs its basic functions by managing the power supply to your platform and determining which systems need power and which sources power it. In addition, the new anti-idle function safely stops the engine at times when it would otherwise be at a standstill, resulting in an overall resource and cost saving solution that pays for itself in a few years. Operating.

Key Benefits:

  • Fuel savings, reduced engine wear and therefore reduced maintenance intervals.
  • Reduction of the acoustic and thermal profile of the vehicle by avoiding engine idling.
  • Contribution to a sustainable future through the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Find out how Thales engineers can help you save fuel and reduce your CO2 emissions.

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Alan A. Seibert