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By Samuel R. Avro on Feb 2, 2009 with no responses

U.S. Army Rolling Out 4,000 Electric Vehicles

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Image of parked electric cars taken from inside one, known as neighborhood electric vehicles. They are being used for security and maintenance work and to carry light equipment.

Image of parked electric cars taken from inside one, known as neighborhood electric vehicles. They are being used for security and maintenance work and to carry light equipment.

The Army’s new energy-efficient vehicles are known as NEV’s, or “Neighborhood Electric Vehicles.”

The U.S. army is rolling out 4,000 small electric cars and trucks on 40 small military installations in the United States.

The army is leasing the environmentally-friendly vehicles, replacing those that are powered by gasoline.

The military says there are plans to replace thousands more non-combat vehicles in the future.

“It will be offset multiple times by the reduction and consumption of 11.5 million gallons of gasoline over the six-year life of these vehicles,” Secretary of the Army Pete Geren said. “And this acquisition of 4,000 NEVs will allow the Army to meet 42 percent of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act requirement for a two percent annual petroleum consumption reduction through 2015.”

The acquisition of the NEVs also helps the Army “go green” by preventing the release of some 218.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide into the environment, the secretary said.

The Army’s acquisition of the NEVs constitutes not just the largest acquisition of electric vehicles for the military, but also the largest acquisition of electric vehicles in the United States, Geren said.

“The Army is committed to substantially reducing the greenhouse gas emissions through our acquisition of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles,” said Geren. “This historic acquisition will constitute the largest acquisition of electric vehicles not just in the military, but in the entire country.”