Air Force debuts first plug-in electric vehicle fleet

By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

The Air Force is debuting the first federal facility to replace its entire general-purpose fleet with plug-in electric vehicles Nov. 14. Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment, and energy, will preside over the unveiling ceremony at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

This fleet will be the largest operational vehicle to grid, or V2G, demonstration in the world consisting of 42 vehicles including sedans, pick-up trucks and mini vans. The V2G technology means they can discharge power onto the utility grid to improve power quality and temporarily relieve congestion.

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The Air Force partnered with the State of California and Southern California Edison to ensure a regulatory framework was in place to perform V2G activities, and support the development and testing of V2G technologies prior to their use at Los Angeles AFB.

Los Angeles AFB is the first pilot location for a broader V2G demonstration being led by the Department of Defense Plug-in Electric Vehicle Program. In the future, this demonstration will also include Fort Hood, Texas; Joint Base Andrews, Md.; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. and Mountain View Army Reserve Center, Calif.

The PEV program will help define the capabilities and challenges of modernizing our general purpose fleets with PEVs. These efforts are also the building blocks for the military’s ongoing effort to learn how PEVs can provide additional capabilities at our installations and expeditionary environments.

The accomplishment being unveiled at Los Angeles AFB could not have been possible without the support and commitment from Office of the Secretary of Defense, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps as well as the State of California and other industry and academia partners.

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