Electric Vehicles Will Rule At L.A. Air Base

Air Force officials have announced that the Los Angeles Air Force base will replace its general purpose vehicle fleet with plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Once the PEVs are in place, the base will have the distinction of being the first federal facility to replace 100 percent of its general purpose fleet with PEVs.

As part of the program, all Air Force owned and leased general-purpose fleet vehicles on the base will be replaced. There are approximately 40 eligible vehicles, ranging from passenger sedans to two-ton trucks and shuttle buses. The replacement PEVs include fully electric, plug-in hybrid electric and extended-range electric vehicles.

Solar Panels at Los Angeles AFB

image via USAF

The initiative would not include force protection, tactical and emergency response vehicles, which would remain on an exempt status, according to officials. The program is also subject to environmental review.

“With gas prices rising and the cost of batteries falling, now is the time to move toward electric vehicles,” said Undersecretary of the Air Force Erin Conaton. “The 100-percent Electric Vehicle Base initiative is a critical first step in this direction and will help guide the way for broader fleet electrification.”

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