Not just “green” in the sense of inexperienced and incompetent, I’m referring to Barry’s executive order that the entire federal vehicle fleet convert 100% to “alernative energy” by 2015. So the Army is buying electric cars and trucks that cost three times what conventional vehicles do, have just a 100 mile range and take 8 hours to recharge. Oh, and their batteries burn up, too.
U.S. Army officials are buying electric-powered trucks that can cost three times as much as the vehicles they replace even though the manufacturer admits its batteries are like those that have experienced fires during development tests by other automakers.
The Army EV trucks are part of the Department of Defense’s response to President Obama’s May 2011 Executive Order requiring that the entire federal fleet of vehicles use alternative fuels by 2015. Federal civilian agencies have nearly 60,000 cars and trucks. The Department of Defense is estimated to have more than 185,000 vehicles of all types.
Diverting military dollars to feel-good projects instead of weapons and saddling soldiers with vehicles that can’t go where they’re needed, must spend a third of each day plugged in to an electrical outlet (are there electricity sources in the desert?) and burn up when they’re used is sacrificing American soldiers for the illusory promise of a new society based on propeller beanies and windmills. We as a country deserve better, I hope.