The US government has been preaching the benefits of plug-in cars and hybrids for quite some time now (at least since the Bush Administration, regardless of what you might have heard), and it looks as if the Department of Defense is putting
your its money where its mouth is.
According to the Stars and Stripes magazine, "the DOD aims to integrate about 1,500 road-capable electric vehicles over the next few years."
Of these 1,500 vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt will be the main winner, taking up the bulk of the contract.
Obligatory Shot Of The President With The Chevrolet Volt
Slower NEV (neighborhood electric vehicles) were first tested by the government at military bases in South Korea and Germany in 2007 and 2008.
However, since highway capable plug-in EVs have come onto the market in the past couple years, the military now boasts 168 various types of EVs.
These 1,500 new plug-in BEVs (battery electric vehicles and EREVs (extended range electric vehicles) will disbursed across 40 bases in the US and around the world.
“Our goal is to reduce our needs of fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions,” said Chris Manis, deputy director of installations and logistics at Miramar, touting the arrival of some new Chevrolet Volts at the base near San Diego. “We can cut back and still execute the missions we need to complete.”
While the news that the Pentagon is buying these cars has not been unknown, it has once again taken the forefront as FoxNews has been highlighting the transaction ahead of the election with their usual flair:
"The Chevy Volt, the plug-in car that has been plagued by sluggish sales and mounting losses since General Motors rolled it out in 2010, has one deep-pocketed customer: the Pentagon."
In 2011, the General Services Administration (GSA) bought 100 Chevrolet Volts, with former administrator Martha Johnson saying the Chevy Volt would "save millions" over time. (Announcement video from that event below)
Update: The story has since been retold (and re-written) so many times by less-than-informed outlets, that even some mainstream plug-in and hybrid media sites are reporting this as both a new decision by the government to add EVs to their fleet, and that the entire puchase (1,500) is in support of the Chevrolet Volt. Neither of which is true.