Six companies have been selected for the U.S. Army’s Power Transfer Cohort, in support of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team (NGCV) and the Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), in collaboration with the Army Applications Laboratory (AAL) and Alion Science and Technology. Sourced from across the country, the selected companies represent a range of technologies and expertise — all aimed at identifying and exploring technologies that will help power the Army’s move to electric vehicles (EVs) and allow the Army to use electric power in remote locations.
The Cohort Program connects qualified companies that may not typically work on DoD projects with Army stakeholders who want to speed capability development, transition to Soldiers, or de-risk and inform requirements. Power Transfer Cohort companies each received $100,000 to complete an 8-week program that culminates in a concept design presentation to U.S. Army stakeholders.
“Last year, we launched and validated this new Cohort Program approach. We know it works, and we’re already seeing the results for our Army mission partners,” said COL Len Rosanoff, director of AAL. “The Power Transfer Cohort is a chance to show that this model can scale across the Army to solve other complex problems. This approach will make the Army a better business partner for industry. And we want others in the Army to know they can do this, too.”
Each cohort through AAL focuses on solving a specific problem aligned to the Army’s modernization priorities and is developed in partnership with an Army mission partner. The Power Transfer Cohort will support the Army in its modernization strategy by developing EV infrastructure in remote locations for the Army’s ~225k vehicle fleet. This Cohort began virtually on March 29, 2021, and concept design presentations to NGCV leadership are planned for May 20, 2021.
Congratulations to the following companies on their selections:
Coritech Services, Inc.
Royal Oak, MI
Coritech Services designs and builds custom solutions for applications that require electrical control systems to meet unique process requirements or to demonstrate viability of early technology concepts. It was founded in 1996 with the goal of being a leader in design-build control systems combining engineering, manufacturing, and testing under one roof.
Fort Collins, CO
Czero is a mechanical engineering firm specializing in early-stage research and development of technologies that reduce energy consumption and harmful emissions. They provide complete concept-to-prototype services across multiple industries to deliver more efficient, lower cost energy solutions.
Fermata Energy designs, supplies, and operates patented technology that accelerates the adoption of EVs and the transition to renewable energy and clean transportation. Founded in 2010, Fermata Energy is a proven leader in V2X systems with expertise in industry, policy, and technology within the EV infrastructure space.
PC Krause and Associates
West Lafayette, IN
PC Krause and Associates is focused on four main areas of work: engineering services, software tools, modeling and simulation facilities, and hardware prototyping and design. Established in 1983, they offer industry and government agencies a unique group of talented engineers who specialize in modeling, simulation, analysis, and design of integrated power, thermal, and propulsion systems on mobile platforms.
Tritium Technologies, LLC
Founded in 2001 by e-mobility pioneers, Tritium designs and manufactures proprietary technology to create advanced and reliable DC fast chargers for electric vehicles). Tritium became the first company in the world to implement Plug and Charge (ISO 15118), which enables EVs and charging equipment to communicate, authenticate, and transact seamlessly via the charging cable.
Founded in 2016 by a team of aerospace engineers, powertrain experts, and battery chemists, Wright Electric is a leader in the future of sustainable, lower-emissions air travel. The NY.-based company is building electric planes to lower carbon emissions, fuel costs, noise, and runway takeoff time. Wright Electric’s mission is to make all flights low emissions within 20 years.
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