USAF To Unveil First Non-Tactical Electric Vehicle Fleet

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  • 09:52 AM, November 13, 2014
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The US Department of Defense’ (DoD) first non-tactical vehicle fleet composed entirely of Plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) will be unveiled by the U.S. Air Force on November 14, the DoD said in a press statement.

This is the first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project of this size anywhere in the United States.  The base's entire non-tactical fleet will be swapping to electric vehicles.

This event marks a milestone accomplishment in partnership between federal, state and private partners, the statement said.

California energy providers and regulators worked closely with the Air Force on safety and performance testing as well as technical and regulatory aspects of launching the fleet.

For the Air Force, these V2G/PEVs offer unique capabilities to enhance daily operations, as their ability to export power enables a variety of mission capabilities.  In addition, the vehicles serve as a low-cost mobile power source and an outlet to increase energy security ensuring installations can continue their mission in the event of an energy crisis. 

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