The U.S. Military is one of the most vulnerable entities to fuel shortages, making the greening of our military a national security issue. So I’m glad to hear the Marines have purchased two Smith Newton Electric trucks.
However, diesel and petrol engines have had a long time to get as tough and as durable as they are. They will not easily be dislodged from their place without our military’s ranks. I hope the Smith trucks are up to the challenge. They have a top speed of 55 mph and a range of 50 to 120 miles, enough for base deliveries and personnel transportation, able to hold up to 16,000 pounds. As an added bonus, they are very quiet. Imagine a fleet of silent military vehicles slipping into town at night and delivering hundreds of troops right where they are needed without attracting undue attention.
A fantasy for now, but maybe not for long. The Marine Corp wants to reduce its energy usage by 30% by 2015, increase use of renewable by 2025, and the entire military wants to completely operate on non-petroleum fuels by 2040 in order to avoid the vulnerabilities of this unstable fuel source.
Source: Green Car Advisor
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.