MIES

MRAP Idle Efficiency Suite

Currently under Phase I, MIES (MRAP Idle Efficiency Suite) is an add-on engine management system being designed to cut down on fuel consumption of these idling vehicles.

Entire fleets of tactical vehicles are left idling in theater 24/7 to ensure operational readiness, consuming large amounts of fuel. According to government reports, in 2013 the DOD spent a total of $6.95 billion on 44.45 million barrels of JP-8 fuel and the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) has released reports showing that the cost of JP-8 fuel delivered to Afghanistan is approximately $400 per gallon. The DOD has a large incentive to reduce this fuel consumption in fielded vehicles.

Currently under Phase I, MIES (MRAP Idle Efficiency Suite) is an add-on engine management system being designed to cut down on fuel consumption of these idling vehicles. Robotic Research has teamed up with Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) to address this problem. Using a combination of data analysis, thermodynamic modeling, and experimental testing, the team has identified and validated several potential fuel savings approaches, resulting in fuel consumption reductions of up to 25%.