KALAMAZOO -- You think you have problems filling the tank of that battle-wagon you are driving, imagine how the Pentagon feels. They have real tanks. For them, a Hummer is a compact.
That’s why Congressman Fred Upton delivered 2-milion dollars in defense funding to Eaton Corporation at their Research Center in Galesburg this week, to convert digital hydraulic hybrid drive systems, being developed for heavy trucks for military use, greatly improving their MPG.
He says the funding came from the defense spending bill. Reducing the weight of the drive system can mean more range on the battlefield or allow the vehicles to carry more armor and save lives.