In July 2020, Paragon Solutions, Inc. purchased a fully electric Nissan LEAF EV+ for a research project that Paragon is completing for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center.
The LEAF will be used at the Corps’ Contingency Basing Integration and Training Evaluation Center (CBITEC) Living Laboratory to test autonomous vehicle technologies, and it will connect to a tactical microgrid through vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging. Paragon’s subcontractor and partner Robotic Research, LLC will install a Beacon sensor suite on the LEAF to track autonomous actions and gather data. The Beacon Sense system is a distributed sensing/surveillance vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) node that extends the situational awareness of a vehicle beyond what it can see due to distance limitations or obstructions.
Paragon’s subcontractor and partner TechFlow, Inc. will install a Coritech V2G charging station at CBITEC that will demonstrate the capability to provide power from the LEAF’s batteries to a tactical microgrid.