Apparently secure enough in their masculinity to do without the testosterone-drenched HUMMER’s of years past, the U.S. Military has announced that they will be upgrading their fleet of vehicles with newer, greener, technology. Effective immediately, on-base transport vehicles at U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force installations nationwide will be replaced with Neighborhood Electric Vehicles [NEV], replete with bumper stickers affirming, “Army Green, Army Strong,” (no seriously, I’m not making this up). Completely battery powered with a speedometer that maxes out at 35 mph, the first NEV will be commissioned for duty at Fort Belvior, Virginia before December 15th.
Throughout the next three years, the Army eventually plans to add a total of 10,000 NEVs to their fleet at a total estimated cost of roughly $13 million. While that number looks steep on paper, statistics pulled from the General Services Administration estimate that the $13M price tag will ultimately be offset by the fuel savings the Army stands to gain. Each NEV is expected to require only $400 worth of electric power a year, a stark contrast to the $2,400 in fuel-related expenses a gasoline-powered car would guzzle. In addition, initial estimates indicate that once the first wave of 4,000 NEVs assume battle their respective battle positions, the Army will already begin saving an astounding 11.5 million gallons of fuel per year.
Obviously enticed by the idea of complete independence from black gold, U.S. Army Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Partnerships, Paul Bollinger, said that both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy have expressed interest in getting in on the green action. “The good news is that the Air Force and Navy have come to us and said that they want to piggyback on the order. Previously, the Air Force was looking at low-speed vehicles, which are actually still gasoline vehicles. We’ve skipped that and we are going straight to electric. We are eliminating the fuel issue, period,” Bollinger said.
Yes, folks, he said “piggyback.” Like, totally Hoo-ah.