US Army to Rollout 4,000 Electric Vehicles by 2011
During 2008, the U.S. Army moved to establish the Army Energy Task Force to assess and implement various energy initiatives with an aim towards reducing consumption while promoting alternative and renewable fuels sources and creating an overall culture of awareness throughout its operations. Earlier this week, we had an opportunity to sit in on a discussion with Mr. Paul Bollinger, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Partnerships and Executive Secretary of the newly formed Senior Energy Council, to learn about the Army's first pilot project to rollout in 2009. With its Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) program, the Army will lease and install 4,000 NEVs at numerous Army Bases nationwide within the next three years (800 in 2009). On Monday January 12, the Army received its first six vehicles, manufactured by Global Electric Motors, a division of the Chrysler Corporation, at Virginia's Fort Myer.