Air Force seeks electric truck

FREDERICK, Colo., 11 Jan. 2006. UQM Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a $1.08 million contract supplement to an existing U.S. Air Force contract to convert a conventional one-half ton pickup truck to all-electric operation using an optimized configuration of currently available advanced technologies.

FREDERICK, Colo., 11 Jan. 2006. UQM Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a $1.08 million contract supplement to an existing U.S. Air Force contract to convert a conventional one-half ton pickup truck to all-electric operation using an optimized configuration of currently available advanced technologies.

The contract supplement expands the scope of work to add the development of an electronic motor/generator controller that utilizes high operating temperature silicon carbide power switching modules.

The controller is being developed for the USAF Advanced Power Technology Office of the 542nd Combat Sustainment Wing at Robins Air Force Base, in cooperation with the U.S. Army National Automotive Center and Mississippi State University.

The USAF expect to field test the controller in at least one of the Air Force's hybrid electric vans, buses and/or in the all-electric pickup truck powered by lithium ion batteries currently being built by UQM. The contract supplement increases the total contract value to $1.83 million and extends the expected completion date to March 31, 2007. Initial delivery and testing of the all-electric pickup truck will not be impacted by the contract supplement and is scheduled for March 2006.

"This program is focused on the development and application of high power silicon carbide modules that are currently not available," said Jon Lutz, UQM Technologies' director of engineering.

"Silicon carbide power modules offer the advantage of substantially higher operating temperatures when compared to traditional silicon modules, and motor/generator controllers that use silicon carbide are able to operate in harsher environments which opens up new platform opportunities and simplifies vehicle architectures. This technology is of significant interest to both military and commercial hybrid electric vehicle customers, and we are excited that the Air Force has selected UQM to lead this effort."

UQM Technologies, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of power dense, high efficiency electric motors, generators and power electronic controllers for the automotive, aerospace, medical, military and industrial markets. A major emphasis of the company is developing products for the alternative energy technologies sector including propulsion systems for electric, hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles, 42-volt under-the-hood power accessories and other vehicle auxiliaries and distributed power generation applications. The company's headquarters, engineering and product development center, and motor manufacturing operation are located in Frederick, Colo. For more information, see www.uqm.com.

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