Leidos secures climate resilience, electric vehicle charging contracts

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The Defense Department's office for energy and the Air Force choose Leidos-led teams for different aspects of their overall climate agendas.

Leidos has booked a pair of contracts under the related umbrellas of working with the U.S. military to address climate change and gradually shift to reliance on more sustainable energy resources.

Award number one announced Thursday focuses on centralized efforts out of the Pentagon's Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment to drive more sustainable resource management practices across the Defense Department.

The Strategic Climate Sustainability and Resilience Services contract has a $100 million ceiling over up to five years, including one initial base year and up to four individual option years. ICF, McKinsey and Rocky Mountain Institute are teammates of Leidos for the SCSRS program.

DOD's goals for SCSRS are to further integrate climate resilience into its core functions with science, mitigation and adaptation representing key aspects. Leidos will also look to create a pathway for DOD to better understand and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, plus gain insights into emissions across military supply chains.

The company touts that project as part of its multi-year, multimillion-dollar Climate Data Analytics Framework investment plan to create and deploy solutions for climate data storage, cataloging, stewardship, processing, analysis, visualization, delivery and reporting.

Award number two was also announced Friday and involves an Other Transaction prototype contract with the Defense Innovation Unit, the DOD organization responsible for accelerating the adoption of commercial technology at speed and scale.

Called Electric Vehicle Charging-as-a-Service, the program's goal is to transition around 49,000 non-tactical Air Force vehicles to a zero-emission posture. Work will take place across the entire continental U.S.

Terms of that contract are not disclosed, but Leidos said its main partners for the program will be the electric vehicle infrastructure company ChargePoint and electrical balance of systems solutions provider Shoals Technologies Group.

ChargePoint operates approximately 225,000 charging stations across 14 countries and also makes some of the underlying technology that supports those hubs. Shoals designs its systems to help customers increase installation efficiency and safety with their renewable energy resources.