Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is one of 6 US military bases chosen to participate in the Department of Defense Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Project.

Not Electric...But Still Way Cool and at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

Not Electric...But Still Way Cool and at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

This one-year trial aims to determine whether or not non-tactical electric military vehicles can save the Armed Forces money over the long term while simultaneously being beneficial to the grid.

The DoD says it'll spend upwards of $20 million to acquire a fleet of plug-in vehicles.  Some of these vehicles will be tied into the grid (V2G).

Chief Master Sgt. David Schuman, 87th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle fleet manager, issued this statement:

"Electric cars cost more than traditional vehicles so we have to see the savings and benefits in order to justify their use.  I'm looking forward to the testing here and seeing what the results will tell us."

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst will acquire 53 plug-in vehicles by the end of 2014.  Some charging stations have already been installed at the base, though more will be in place soon.

For the US Military, V2G is an attractive technology in that it promise the reduces a base's massive electric bill through a process the military refers to as frequency regulation.

Camron Gorguinpour, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment & Logistics, explains frequency regulation like this:

"Frequency regulation is the process of stabilizing the grid against random second-by-second variations in demand on the electrical grid.  If left unchecked, these minor variations could destabilize segments of the grid."

Gorguinpour adds:

"Our objective is to use PEVs as an energy resource to the ISO during times that the vehicles are not being driven. The revenues received for providing the service can be used to offset the additional cost of leasing a PEV instead of a conventional vehicle. If successful, this would allow us to lease more PEVs throughout DoD because we would eliminate financial barriers."

"At the end of the trial period, we would like to see sufficient revenue to make a sound financial case for expanded adoption of PEVs.  Of course, we will also be monitoring the vehicles' performance to ensure mission operations are not degraded in any way. In fact, one of our goals is to evaluate how we could use the V2G vehicles to enhance mission capabilities by supporting energy surety and acting as mobile generators."

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