U.S. Military Bets $20 Million on 500 Electric Vehicles for EV-to-Grid Inititive

Sunday, January 13, 2013

One of our projects made the news in cleantechnica.com.

Together with partners Bosch Software Innovations and Akuacom, we were awarded a Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (DOE ESTCP) grant for a electric vehicles demonstration project at the Los Angeles Air Force base.

From cleantechnica.com:

Among the many (many, many) sustainable energy programs recently launched by the U.S. military, the Defense Department’s new military electric-vehicles-to-grid initiative is especially worth noting. With the announcement of a $20 million, 500-vehicle leasing program soon to get underway, in one fell swoop it’s going to accelerate several major trends that have been slowly leaking into the civilian mainstream.

That includes the marriage of zero emission electric vehicles with the potential for zero-emission recharging from solar panels or other renewable sources, smart grid technology with off-peak power maximization, and the flexibility of local energy storage to help secure facilities (or individual buildings) against brownouts and more serious grid disruptions.

The new lease program, which is expected to get underway later this year, will cover a variety of off-the-shelf vehicles ranging from $30,000 to $100,000 in the commercial market.
The 500 vehicles will be split among six installations, with Los Angeles Air Force Base taking the lead.