Could Tesla Be Best Suited To Serve Military Renewable Power Contracts?

MAR 19 2017 BY EVANNEX 17

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Even with the Trump administration’s anti-green stance, Reuters* reports that “the largest U.S. government agency – the Department of Defense – plans to forge ahead under the new administration with a decade-long effort to convert its fuel-hungry operations to renewable power… [and] the reasons have nothing to do with the white-hot debate over climate change. In combat zones, green energy saves lives by, for instance, reducing the need for easily attacked convoys to deliver diesel fuel to generators at U.S. bases. Mobile solar-power units allow soldiers to prowl silently through enemy territory.”

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Military spending on renewable energy projects has steadily increased and clean energy companies have benefitted. “Solar companies such as SunPower Corp and utilities including Sempra Energy and Southern have won utility-scale renewable energy contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years, according to the companies and Department of Defense documents reviewed by Reuters… [and] SunPower has already landed a major deal under the Trump administration – a $96 million contract finalized on Feb. 3 to provide power to Vandenberg Air Force base in California until 2043, according to a Pentagon database.”

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With Tesla acquiring America’s largest solar provider, SolarCity, in order to become the world’s only integrated sustainable energy company — could they be considered a contender for military contracts? Reuters speculates that “Tesla, which produces electric cars and batteries, is another company that analysts say could benefit from military contracts. A Tesla spokesman said the company is ‘supportive’ of the military’s interest in clean energy but declined comment on whether it was pursuing Defense Department contracts.”

Regardless, it’s clear that “the military’s zeal for renewable power has already had broad impacts on energy contractors, generating hundreds of millions in contracts for solar companies and helping to reduce fuel consumption… The number of military renewable energy projects nearly tripled to 1,390 between 2011 and 2015, department data showed, with a number of utilities and solar companies benefiting. Many of those projects are at U.S. bases, where renewable energy allows the military to maintain its own independent source of power in case of a natural disaster or an attack – or cyber attack – that disables the public grid.”

However… will this spending continue under Trump? “We expect that it’s going to continue during the Trump administration,” said Lt. Col. Wayne Kinsel, head of the infrastructure unit of the Air Force Asset Management Division for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection. “It’s really not political.” Col. Brian Magnuson, the head of the Marines’ expeditionary energy office, said his office aims to replace diesel-powered generators on the battlefield with solar power: “These technologies are a way to become more effective in combat.” And other senior officials in the Navy, Air Force and Army also told Reuters that they expected their renewable energy programs to continue.

Above: Tesla also designed a second military-themed vehicle, a Model X, for their USA Veterans Program (Source: SS Customs)

Furthermore, “Trump’s Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, has long supported efforts to reduce troop dependence on petroleum. He saw first-hand the vulnerability of diesel convoys to attacks by militants while serving as Commander of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 2000s. As far back as 2003, he urged Navy researchers to find innovative ways to unleash the military from the ‘tether of fuel.'” And from a national security standpoint, reducing our dependence on oil (especially foreign oil) has been something that’s been echoed by senior management at Tesla.


*Source: Reuters

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17 Comments on "Could Tesla Be Best Suited To Serve Military Renewable Power Contracts?"

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Off topic…do Teslas come with spare tire or repair kit? Leafs come with repair kit.

Mister G,

My S didn’t come with one but:

Tesla makes a nice little air pump that is powered off the cigarette lighter plug. The cool thing is it has “goop” in it as well so you can inflate AND add sealant at the same time…not a bad price either only 50$.

I also carry a plug kit with me.

Thanks for the info.

If you use the sealant, you will have to replace the TPMS sensor in the wheel.

Hmmmm! Are they reusable?

Do Tesla’s have a cigarette lighter?? or do they have a 12v plug??

Repair kit for what? Nothing has happened to my Tesla

Pretty sure they Do Not…

Yet another way for Musk to win the graces of the Trump administration. It’s a perfect fit. The Model X would be a decent vehicle. …and perhaps this should hasten Tesla’s work on an electric truck.

Seems like these renewable solar/ battery systems would have to be designed to withstand an electromagnetic pulse though so that might be some additional engineering that Tesla would have to do.

Between SpaceX, solar city renewables for the military and some electric vehicles it sounds like great triad.


Finally bio weapon defense mode make sense 😉

You forgot the boring company that would make a quadriga. Tunnels should not be underestimated in warfare.

Oh how I wish that all this warfare talk would come to an end…

Maybe we could use all the great tech that is coming to just make everyone happy worldwide, reducing the potential of military conflicts?

One may dream…

With fuel costing $400/gallon for the military in Afghanistan, renewable energy is the way to go:

In Afghanistan fuel / Petrol / gas is sold by the litre not by the gallon

I forgot how expensive fuel was. I was just thinking about how the Taliban was targeting the fuel trucks. Differently solar panels,batteries, electric vehicle’s are the way to go.

I suspect that the military already has these solid state batteries. Thus Tesla too. Three times the energy density is an advantage that all armies in the world will want to have. So a big BINGO here. All armies will be electrified. much becomes the range with armored body? 😉

“…will this spending continue under Trump?”

It’s hard to make any predictions based on logic and practical concerns, when the guy at the top is entirely unaffected by such, um, “trivialities”. 😐

That said, it seems reasonable to assume the general or even virulent anti-“green” agenda of the Trumpsters won’t affect the military’s move toward renewable power, because that is motivated by concerns having nothing to do with the environment, and everything to do with reducing dependence of military bases and forward deployed military units on petroleum-based fuels. Reducing that dependence will put fewer Americans in harm’s way, and will give mobile units greater flexibility.

El Trumpo and his oil-igarchy cabinet may not care about such things, but the Generals and the Joint Chiefs of Staff certainly do!

The article asks “Could Tesla Be Best Suited To Serve Military Renewable Power Contracts?”

No, I would say that Tesla is definitely not the “best” suited. Military contractors tailor their products and sales pitches to appeal to the needs or wants of the military. Tesla ain’t gonna do that; they have a much larger potential commercial market.

One could argue that Tesla might well have the lowest cost product for stationary energy storage, but the military almost never makes buying decisions based only on who has the least expensive product. For example, the military will often call for products to be “ruggedized” to withstand abuse in the field.