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    Fort Knox gets greener in December with electric cars



    Fort Knox recently began the process of acquiring 39 new electric vehicles by December. The new electric vehicles will replace government vehicles which operate on gas or a hybrids using electric power and gas.

    Bob Loyall, the director of the post’s Directorate of Logistics, said the process of obtaining electric cars for Fort Knox began in August 2008. DoL canvassed potential users, and asked drivers if they would be open to using an electric car.

    “There was some hesitation,” Loyall said. “We borrowed a couple from the state so people could drive them.”

    While the cost savings hasn’t been projected, DoL anticipates some cost effectiveness due to the reduction fact that electric cars won’t use gas.

    “Any vehicle we get, we have to replace another. (An electric car) replaces a gas-operated vehicle,” Loyall said.

    Replacing a gas-only vehicle with an electric one is an environmentally sound move, according to Gail Pollock, the chief of the post’s Environmental Management Division for the Fort Knox Garrison.

    “The healthier the air is the healthier we’ll be,” Pollock said.

    The electric vehicles will reduce carbon monoxide emissions from fossil fuel use on post, Pollock said. She added that through the use of geothermal , heating and cooling, and energy-saving light bulbs Fort Knox is going more green.

    “We’re doing a lot of things with energy here,” Pollock said.

    The 39 electric vehicles are a part of an Army directive, but individuals had to volunteer to receive the new cars. The Army directive was part of the president’s plan for exploring alternative fuel sources, Pollock said.

    “(We’re getting the electric cars as a way) to follow the president’s plan of energy efficiency—energy independence,” Pollock said.

    The new cars will have a different look than most motor vehicles, Pollock said.

    “They’re smaller. They take up less room to park. They’re fuel efficient,” she said.

    Think golf cart meets Smart car. That’s what the electric vehicles will look like. The vehicles are not equipped with air conditioning, but instead have removable doors which allow free flowing air into the vehicle.

    “It’s like a golf cart, except bigger,” Loyall said.

    The vehicles are equipped with heaters, turn signals, windshield wipers, and headlights. The max speed is 28 mph, and the vehicles will be confined to the cantonment areas that have posted speed limits of 25 mph or less. Since the vehicles are not allowed off post, its internal speed limit won’t be much of an issue, Loyall said.

    The electric cars will come in a variety of styles, from two-to-four-passenger vehicles to utility trucks, which can haul 825 pounds of material in a four-foot bed.

    The vehicles must be plugged in for the night, but it can run for eight hours without needing an-other charge. The Direct-orate of Public Works will install central power drops at various locations around post so that the car can be recharged when not in use.

    “They’re pretty good little vehicles,” Loyall said.

    The chaplains, post Directorate of Emergency Services, the Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, the Directorate of Information Management, the Training and Doctrine Command System Management Abrams, 194th Armor Brigade, Directorate of Public Works, and DoL are all slated to receive the electric cars in December.

    Luther Jenkins, a physical scientist, drove the electric cars when the state allowed Fort Knox to try out its fleet last August and September. Jenkins said the car had no motor sound.

    “Because it was so light, it didn’t have the feel of a full-size vehicle,” he said.

    Donnie McGar, the chief of the compliance branch for Environmental Management Division, also drove one of the cars and said people on post were pretty interested in the vehicle.

    “They were kind of neat to tool around in,” McGar said.

    Drivers won’t need additional training to use the electric cars; those certified to operate government vehicles can drive one, Loyall said.
    Some one tell me they are not going to use them for patrol vehicles.
    It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.

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    From my understanding, they can not be used as a regular patrol vehicle but for special events, open houses etc.
    I don't answer recruitment messages....

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