Smith Electric Vehicles sells several battery-powered commercial-duty trucks to various outfits throughout the States, but never before has it sold any of its all-electric Newtons to a U.S. military organization. That is, until just days ago when the United States Marine Corps (USMC) ordered up a pair of Smith Newtons. Smith will deliver the duo of Newtons to Camp Pendleton, CA – the Marine Corps' West Coast training facility and home to the First Marine Expeditionary Force – in February of 2011.

This purchase of electric vehicles (EVs) by the U.S. military is significant, but chances are exceedingly high that we will continue to see other branches of the military place similar orders for battery-powered machines in the coming years. Why's that? Well, a recent report by the Center for a New American Security recommends that America's armed forces operate free of petroleum by 2040 and EVs will likely play a vital role in helping our military reach that goal.

[Source: Green Car Congress]

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