A Risky Bet? The U.S. Army of the Future Will Be Electric
Six companies have been officially selected by the United States Army to design and develop electric vehicle concepts as part of the Army’s Next-Generation Combat Vehicle program.
Although the conceptual vehicle designs themselves are not expected to result in adoption by the Army, they will help explore and identify “technologies that will help power the Army’s move to electric vehicles (EVs) and allow the Army to use electric power in remote locations,” according to an Army Applications Laboratory statement.
The six companies — members of the NGCV Power Transfer Cohort — are unique in that they are not the defense industry companies that are typically awarded development contracts by the Army for big-ticket projects. Each company has been awarded $100,000, and the design process is expected to be very rapid: this current cohort kicked off at the end of March, and design concepts are expected by mid-May. https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/04/a-risky-bet-the-u-s-army-of-the-future-will-be-electric/