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How Much Energy Will the DoD's Turn to Electric Vehicles Save, Asks Prof. Martel

The Daily Caller

William C. Martel is Associate Professor of International Security Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

The Department of Defense quietly announced in January that the next step in making the military more eco-friendly would entail spending $20 million to purchase electric vehicles to help offset power usage at Defense Department installations.

The Pentagon expects to lease up to 500 electric vehicles at six different installations later this year, with each vehicle costing between $30,000 to $100,000. When idle, these vehicles would deliver power back to a grid in order to help offset the military’s power usage.

Some projections show that revenue from power that is returned from the grid could completely offset the cost of the vehicles. …

… However, some defense experts question the effectiveness of the use of electric vehicles to generate savings and bring in more revenue.

“I’m very skeptical as to how much energy this is really going to save,” William Martel, associate professor of international security studies at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “I just don’t frankly see how this works out in terms of cost-benefit. Especially at a time when we’re cutting defense spending.”

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