We are seeing many different kinds of people adopt electric vehicles (EV’s) in the last couple years. However, the adopters that intrigue me the most are fleet adopters, who are choosing to make the switch for many vehicles rather than just one. No federal facility has replaced a whole fleet with EVs….until now. On Friday, November 14, the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California replaced all of their general-purpose vehicles with a fleet of 42 plug in electric vehicles (PEVs). Perhaps the most enticing part of this PEV fleet adoption is that 32 of the vehicles will be vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capable, meaning that they not only take energy from the grid but also give energy back to it when they are not being driven. We aren’t talking a small amount of energy here, but rather over 700 kilowatts of power to the grid (enough to power more than 140 American homes).
“’Everything we do to fly, fight and win requires energy, whether it’s aviation fuel for our aircraft or power to run the bases that support them,’ said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. ‘This vehicle-to-grid pilot is a great example of how Airmen are driving the Air Force forward and finding new and innovative ways to make every dollar count.’”
The Air Force plans to expand the PEV fleet adoption as well as the V2G technology to more bases throughout the country including Joint Base Andrews right here in Maryland.