US Army to incorporate 4,000 Electric Vehicles by 2011
The US Army has stated that they will be rolling out 4,000 electric vehicles by 2011 to further implement their energy initiatives by reducing consumption, and this Neighbourhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) program is just one part of this.
The Army hopes that there will be 4,000 new vehicles over the next three years, and on Monday, they already received six vehicles that were manufactured at Global Electric Motors in Virginia.
The vehicles are non-tactical in nature, primarily serving for passenger transport, security patrols, maintenance and delivery, and will be used to replace some of the Army’s fleet of 28,000 sedans and light duty trucks. NEVs are street legal with top speeds of 25-30 mph and a 1,000 pound carrying capacity. They operate on nine eight-volt gel batteries and can travel an estimated 30 miles on a single charge - the average full charge taking approximately eight hours.
The Army is estimating that they will save about $3,300 a year to lease an electric car, versus a gas powered sedan and they will cost about $740 less to power over a gas vehicle. They will have to spend $800,000 initially however for the installation of electric outlet stations but it will bnefit them better in the long run.
It will also help with the Army's carbon footprint; as over six years, just by using these cars, they will save 11.5 million gallons of fossil fuel and about 115,000 fewer tons of CO2. They are hoping that this move will only propel other institutions to do the same as then auto manufacturers will have no choice but to keep up with the new demand.