The Defense Department has launched a $20 million program to build a fleet of noncombat electric vehicles for use on military bases, according to a DoD article.
Concurrent Technologies Corp. is under contract to select the first electric DoD vehicles and will construct charging stations to accommodate the fleet that could be deployed at up to 30 military installations.
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment, and logistics special assistant Camron Gorguinpour said the DoD wants to lease 500 modified versions of commercially available electric vehicles with costs ranging from $30,000 to $100,000.
“The three main criteria we’re focused on is reducing fleet expense, enhancing mission capabilities and meeting our energy efficiency goal,” he said.
DoD expects to use idle, charged electric vehicles to supply power grids at times of high demand to provide stability to stressed electrical grids and to save government funds.
Gorguinpour added that the Air Force will lead the project and plans to make Los Angeles Air Force Base the first federal facility to have electric shuttle buses and sedans.