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
) 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