U.S Military Buys 1,500 Chevy Volt Hybrids 1

It seems as though commuters aren’t the only ones worried about the price of fuel. With dozens of different alternative-fuel projects reportedly in the works, it is the U.S. military that is trying desperately to reduce its reliance on oil.

According to a recent article in gas2.org, writer Christopher Demorro reports that the military has placed an order of 1,500 plug-in vehicles. A large majority of them are Chevy Volts.

Demorro notes that many news networks, among them Fox News, are outright reporting that the Department of Defense is purchasing 1,500 Chevy Volts. But he says the real story is that the DoD is purchasing 1,500 plug-in vehicles…most of them Chevy Volts.

Demorro writes that these vehicles will be sent to bases nationwide, most likely to supplement or replace an aging fleet of less fuel-efficient vehicles on and off base.

The DoD has publicly made it clear that one of its priorities is to secure a sustainable and domestic supply of fuel. Demorro writes that that is why the military has programs that include hybrid tanks, biofuel-powered warplanes, and diesel-electric HUMVEEs.

He goes on to report that the military has already purchased more than 3,000 hybrid and electric vehicles to test on their bases already. It is apparently in an effort to reduce energy consumption.

But he notes that many believe it is peculiar and biased that the Chevy Volt is becoming the revered hybrid of the U.S. military. Apparently, conspiracy theorists are buzzing with rumours that Barack Obama is trying to pump up the Chevy Volt and GM ahead of November’s election. Demorro jokes that that may very well be the case. And as he humorously puts it, “Can you see a bunch of Marines piling into a Toyota Prius? Me neither.”

The apparent irony is that the Chevy Volt will actually save the military a lot of money in the long run. Demorro reports that many on-base trips are well within the Volt’s 35-mile EV range. Recharging the Volt costs a $1.50, compared with the $4.00 a conventional gas-powered car would cost.

But the Volt currently retails for $39,995. It’s not cheap. And that’s why Demorro concludes that the military buying a few hundred of these “is totally a waste of taxpayer money.”

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  1. The military is likely going to pay a lot less than retail pricing on a large order of Volts. So, I suspect the price will be below 40k. I think its safe to say that nothing the military buys is cheap, including their vehicles, and that the Volt is probably going to end up saving them a good bit of money. I think it funny and sad that people think these sales are going to amount to much. They most certainly arent all going to be delivered by election day. GM has released that only 182 Volts have been sold to the U.S. government this year. What percentage is that to total Volt sales? About 1.3%. Even if the government were to buy 1000 more Volts by the end of the year, with domestic sales looking to break 20k in 2013, that will still mean government has purchased about 5% of the total domestic Volt sales. If you include exports, that number will be less than 4%. Do you honestly think a couple of percentage points in sales is going to make or break anything? No. It won’t.

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