Vextec’s Reliability-Cost Simulation to Benefit Army’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Development Program

Company’s unique simulation technology to drive cost-benefit impact decision making.

Brentwood, TN, May 06, 2009 – The U.S. Army has tasked VEXTEC with building a cost simulator for evaluation of “what-if” scenarios to be used as a basis for future design decisions. The simulator will be provided to the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Experimentation & Assessment (HEVEA) program team whose mission is to develop a vehicle with a futuristic design and a very high performance hybrid electric drive. The lack of in-service maintenance and cost data is a real world barrier to rapid new vehicle development. To that end, the Army Tank Automotive Research Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC) has recognized that VEXTEC’s computational simulation can be used to fill in these “data gaps.” This project integrates simulation characteristics for part cost, labor cost, downtime cost and logistics cost into its existing Army vehicle reliability simulator.