UQM Technologies Receives Contract From the U.S. Army to Develop Advanced Vehicle Propulsion Motor
Development to Focus on New Design With the Potential to Triple the Torque Capability Compared to Existing UQM(R) Propulsion Motors for Application as a Wheel Mounted Electric Propulsion System in Hybrid Electric Combat Vehicles Being Developed Under the Army's Future Combat Systems Program
FREDERICK, Colo., Feb. 15 -- UQM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (AMEX:UQM) , a developer of alternative energy technologies, announced today that it has received a contract from the U.S. Army's Tank -- Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to develop an advanced vehicle propulsion motor for application as a wheel mounted electric propulsion system for hybrid electric combat vehicles being developed under the Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. The one year development effort will focus on the validation of a proprietary new design for a permanent magnet electric motor that has the potential to triple the torque capability compared to existing UQM(R) propulsion motors. Army funding for the cost-share project is $242,548 or 77 percent of the total effort.
"We believe that this development program has the potential to represent the next significant advancement in our permanent magnet motor technology. The development of our proprietary design concept, if successful, will result in a motor with three times the torque in the same volume or space as an existing UQM(R) motor. The ability of electric motors to deliver higher levels of torque and power in a small package is critical to the success of wheel motors for large military vehicles that are candidates for hybrid electric propulsion", said William G. Rankin, UQM Technologies' President and Chief Executive Officer. "We expect through this development program and our other ongoing development activities, to continue to expand the performance capabilities of our proprietary permanent magnet propulsion systems technology."
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, Colorado. For more information on the Company, please visit its worldwide website at www.uqm.com.