The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) has awarded an Other Transaction prototype contract to Leidos to offer a multi-base Electric Vehicle Charging-as-a-Service (EVCaaS) deployment for the Department of the Air Force.
"We look forward to supporting the Air Force's journey to a clean energy future," said Bill Johnson, Senior Vice President and Operations Manager at Leidos. "With this award, Leidos will leverage our expertise in decarbonizing complex systems to deliver quick and resilient solutions, with minimal impact expected to the critical missions of the Air Force."
The Air Force will be able to transition its fleet of more than 49,000 non-tactical vehicles to zero-emissions using EVCaaS.
The contract will help Leidos to design and implement a modern, resilient, scalable, and secure power infrastructure solution using its engineering and system integration expertise and partnering with ChargePoint.
The solution will provide the necessary resources for the Air Force's fleet to be charged and made available for use at multiple installations across the continental U.S.
"Leidos' innovative solution sets a new precedent for how federal organizations can leverage third-party finance and commercial best practices to rapidly electrify their mission," said Tristan Bannon, Leidos' Executive Director for Renewable Energy and Climate Technologies. "Further, by integrating energy storage, this project should enhance the Air Force's non-grid-dependent installation energy resilience and serve as a learning model across the Department of Defense."
Leidos will also pilot an above-ground EV balance of systems capability supplied by Shoals, an e-mobility solution provider, to minimize construction costs and schedule delays through secure and hardened above-ground raceways and power stations.
The solution will not only meet the unique efficiency and resiliency requirements of each installation location but also leverage analytics and engineering to ease the impact on local installation grids.