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Army Will Use Thousands of Electric Vehicles

By Ramsey Cox

Tags: Army, electric cars, electric vehicles,

On Monday, Secretary of the Army, Hon. Pete Geren will host an unveiling ceremony for the Army’s new neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) in Fort Myer, Va.

The NEVs are the first six of 4,000 being leased by the U.S. Army as part of an energy security initiative. The Army will eventually have electric vehicles on 40 bases.

NEVs are light-weight battery-powered cars and trucks with a maximum speed of 35 mph. The cars will be used exclusively on bases where the speed limit is 30 mph or less.

The Army released a statement that said switching 4,000 gas powered vehicles with electric vehicles will save 11 million gallons of fuel over their 6-year service life, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 115,000 tons.

The first six electric vehicles are made by Global Electric Motors (GEM), a division of the Chrysler Corp., but the total 4,000 will be leased from several manufacturers.

The Army Times reported that the Army’s electric vehicles sparked interest from other branches of the military.

“The good news is that the Air Force and Navy have come to us and said that they want to piggyback on the order,” said Paul Bollinger, deputy assistant Army secretary for energy and partnerships.

Bollinger also told the Army Times that the Army is putting decals on the doors of the electric vehicles that say, “Army Green, Army Strong.”   

For more information about Neighborhood Electric Vehicles, read Drive an Electric Vehicle and Never Buy Gas Again.

1/9/2009 7:41:34 PM

Where will the electricity come from to power these "green" vehicles? Just how do they determine the amount of CO2 released? Is the fuel for generation of the electricity considered? Not that I'm too concerned since I work at a power plant, but to write the article in a publication like M. E. N.and not tell the entire story is an injustice to those who want to end our dependence upon foreign fuels. Speaking of which, if it isn't water or nuclear, practically every watt of electricity we consume in the US is from domestic sources of fuel and should be used as a stopgap on our way to our change to renewable fuels. One more point to make: Why aren't the military, the postal service, and all other federal, state, and local government entities switching to hydraulic hybrid vehicles ( ) which don't have chemical containing batteries and can be used in practically every vehicle not just a glorified golf cart? Just wondering; where are the solutions to our problems, not just the high sounding double talk we've heard since the Ford administration and the '73 oil embargo? 36 years and still nothing really changes. One last thought: To everyone who really cares, China, where most of our landfilling junk comes from, has no environmental concerns as well as little value for human life. Slavery isn't dead, we just moved it from our sight. There; I feel better after getting all that said.