Electric vehicles help Fort Rucker 'go green'
September 14, 2009
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- New electric vehicles will help Fort Rucker "go green."
Gas-guzzling General Services Administration, or GSA, vehicles here will be replaced with 17 new Light, Slow Electric Vehicles, or LSEVs, according to Directorate of Logistics (DOL) installation transportation officer Philip Woolford.
The Army-mandated program aims to help the military branch "go green," Woolford said. LSEV delivery here is scheduled for fiscal year 2010.
About 1,600 LSEVs will be delivered to Army posts nationwide during the next two fiscal years, he said. Woolford noted Fort Rucker will eventually gain more than the 17 designated so far. He anticipates the arrival of this first group late this year or early next year.
LSEVs are fully electric, so "it's going to cut down on fuel emissions and the use of fuel" here, Woolford said. Each LSEV obtained replaces one GSA car, truck or van.
Departments slated to acquire one or more of the new vehicles include DOL, directorates of Public Works (DPW) and Public Safety, Garrison and others, Woolford said. LSEVs here will mainly be used for administrative trips, transportation at flight lines and other areas around post, he explained.
He said before the new vehicles arrive, small charging stations will be constructed in various parking lots to recharge the new cars and trucks.
The vehicles run for about 40 miles between charges and can travel at about 35 miles per hour. Woolford said the vehicles are not equipped with air conditioning a downside for drivers.
DPW Director Ed Janasky said regulations require LSEVs to remain on post and anticipates using the new vehicles to transport staff to and from housing areas.
Janasky said DPW staff will install recharging stations at each directorate receiving LSEVs. He said specific parking spots will be identified and marked for use once the vehicle delivery date draws closer.
Janasky believes the LSEV program provides a step in the right direction to clean up the environment. "I think this is the start of us seeking out alternative ways to reduce our dependency on oil and gas," he said.