Aluminum Shines in Military Vehicle Showcased on "Jay Leno's Garage"
U.S. Army's Demo Vehicle Relies on Metal's Efficiency, Durability Properties
DETROIT, March 5, 2013
DETROIT, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Aluminum played a star role this week
in an episode of "Jay Leno's Garage" that featured the U.S. Army's rugged Fuel
Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED). The FED sports a low weight
aluminum structure, armoring, and underbody blast shield that will give troops
an edge. Vehicle capability, mobility, protection and durability are
increased, and a significant fuel efficiency increase over the current fleet
During the segment, found at www.jaylenosgarage.com, Leno examined the
vehicle's design, noting the extensive aluminum use, and conducted a test
drive on the streets of Los Angeles.
"The U.S. military has a long history of using aluminum to design vehicles
that protect and hold up in the most extreme environments," said Randall
Scheps, chairman of The Aluminum Association's Transportation Group (ATG), and
automotive marketing director for Alcoa, Inc. "The FED not only benefits from
aluminum's safety and durability properties, but also its efficiency: reducing
weight with aluminum means these vehicles will need less fuel. And while these
benefits are great for military applications, they also apply to consumers
whose everyday vehicles are using more and more aluminum."
The FED program's goal was to increase fuel efficiency by 30 percent, while
meeting the troop protection mission. The vehicle significantly exceeded this
goal with a demonstrated 70 percent fuel efficiency improvement driven
primarily by integral aluminum armor/frame and powertrain components in place
In addition to the FED, aluminum is the high-strength, corrosion-resistant,
highly crash-absorbent metal of choice for the military's HMMWV, HEMTT, and
Bradley Fighting Vehicle. It is also used in rugged consumer vehicles such as
the Toyota Tundra, Ram 1500, and the world's first all-aluminum SUV, Land
Rover's Range Rover.
For more facts and research about how aluminum builds a better vehicle, visit
www.drivealuminum.org, and follow us on Twitter @DriveAluminum.
About the Aluminum Association
Through its Aluminum Transportation Group, the Aluminum Association
communicates the benefits of aluminum in ground transportation applications to
help accelerate its penetration through research programs and related outreach
activities. The ATG's mission is to serve member companies and act as a
central resource for the automotive and commercial vehicle industries on
aluminum issues. Members of the ATG include: Alcoa Inc., Novelis Inc., Rio
Tinto Alcan, Aluminum Precision Products Inc., Kaiser Aluminum Corporation and
SOURCE Aluminum Association
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