Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD – U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center logistics personnel recently received their first Ford F150 Lightning electric vehicle (EV) as part of their ATC/Non-Tactical Vehicle Fleet Electrification Plan for the command.
"This Ford Lightning truck is the 1st of the 28 planned EVs scheduled to be delivered as part of the command's Zero-Emission Vehicle Fleet Conversion Plan," according to Ryan Schuman, ATC Logistics Division's Fleet Manager. "We expect to see more of these vehicles in the hands of our Test Center personnel soon."
“The conversion of ATC’s Light Duty Vehicle Fleet is to meet an US Army Material Command’s directive to fully utilize Light Duty Zero-Emission Vehicles in day-to-day operations by 2027,” continued Schuman.
"We are also working with APG Garrison headquarters to establish charging stations on the post itself for the vehicles as our EV fleet expands," said Jen Combs, ATC's Lead Equipment Manager. "In the meantime, we have the capability to charge the vehicles by multiple means so it’s available for use throughout the Test Center."
Connor Wagner, an ATC Logistics Management Specialist assigned to work the integration of the vehicles into ATC's daily operations also stated, "the multiple power ports on the new vehicle will allow it to be used at the various remote test ranges to allow our Test Center personnel to better integrate their work computers into field tests."
ATC Commander, COL Timothy E. Matthews said after he did a familiarization ride in the new EV, "ATC is helping to lead the efforts in modernizing our overall Army testing processes every day. Implementing these new Zero-Emission Vehicles into the vehicle fleet on site reflects our desire to demonstrate that effort in our daily operations as well."