It’s Electrifying

Los Angeles AFB, Calif., will become the first federal facility to replace 100 percent of its general-purpose vehicles with plug-in electric vehicles. “With gas prices rising and the cost of batteries falling, now is the time to move toward electric vehicles,” said Undersecretary of the Air Force Erin Conaton. “The 100 percent Electric Vehicle Base Initiative is a critical first step in this direction and will help guide the way for broader fleet electrification.” Planning for the charging infrastructure already is under way and the new vehicles could be in place as early as January. Force protection, tactical, and emergency vehicles will be exempt from the change. The new electric fleet will include about 40 Air Force-owned and -leased vehicles. The program is still subject to an environmental review. (SAF/PA report by SSgt. Richard Williams)