ATC Receives 1st Electric Vehicles
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center Logistics Division personnel point out to ATC Commander COL Timothy E. Matthews the unique features of the new 2022 Ford Lightning Electric vehicle that has recently joined the command's vehicle fleet. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
ATC Receives 1st Electric Vehicles
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Jen Combs (right), Lead Equipment Manager for Aberdeen Test Center’s Logistics Division explains several new features unique to the Ford F150 Lightning electric vehicle to ATC Commander, COL Timothy E. Matthews. “From the front storage area (FRUNK) to the multiple charging ports and gauges, this vehicle is a new design to folks who might be more familiar with the older style of vehicles.” (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

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."