New Bill Would Force Military to Transition Noncombat Vehicles to Electric

Faye Higbee
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A new bill that would literally force the US military to transition their noncombat vehicles to electric was introduced in Congress by Democrats. The bill would require the military to transition all of their nontactical vehicles beginning October 1. The problem: The military has 174,000 noncombat vehicles.Some military leaders say that this transition will free up power for other critical systems.

The legislation proposed Monday, which senators are seeking to include in the sweeping 2023 national defense policy bill, would push the military to accelerate its efforts to become more environment friendly. Sens. Hirono and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are leading the legislation alongside Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., who introduced a companion bill in the House in April…

A subpanel of the House Armed Services Committee advanced a measure last week that would require each service branch to devise plans for transitioning every nontactical vehicle at a selected military installation to electric power by 2025.

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The new bill introduced on Monday

At a minimum of $55k each, that’s a huge chunk of change and taxpayers will pay for it. That doesn’t even count the charging stations that will be needed to run them, or the cost of replacement and disposal of the lithium ion batteries when they can no longer be charged (speaking of the environment). [Note: some military bases have already begun this process]. Minimum for transition of 174,000 noncombat vehicles: $9.75 Billion. And with electric vehicles it depends on the charge capacity, what kind of chargers work for that vehicle, the length of time it takes to recharge it, and how far you intend to drive with it.

Level 3 chargers are faster, in about 30-45 minutes, although that’s not the standard. Not all electric cars can handle the power. Level 1 is the slowest with least power, and level 2 is sort of like the outlet on a dryer…all of which are still expensive to put in. We assume the military would need level 3 chargers, but not all EVs can handle them. That’s not counting the time it could take to charge up the vehicle – which can vary from 7 hours to 10 hours for most drivers. Just because an electric vehicle idles “quietly” is not an excuse to devastate the military’s budget to force them to buy EVs. There are more important considerations for the US Military.

Kbb.com reports:

  • Your battery’s size: Level 1 outlets (like those you use at home) charge car batteries at the slowest rate. If your vehicle offers more battery capacity (measured in kWh), you’ll need more time to charge your car battery fully.
  • Is your battery empty or full?: Drivers rarely charge their vehicles from an empty battery. They usually “top up” their batteries instead to lengthen the time they can drive on a single charge, which generally saves drivers significant charging time. 
  • Your vehicle’s maximum charging rate: How much of a charge can your vehicle accept at once? Your vehicle’s maximum charge rate is static, so you won’t save time by charging your battery at a more powerful charging station. 
  • The power of your charging station: Your charging time also depends on the maximum charging rate of the charging station you are using. Even if your car can charge at a higher rate, it will only charge at your charging station’s maximum power rate, which can adversely affect charging time.
  • The weather in your area: Lower temperatures can affect vehicle efficiency and lengthen charging times, especially when using rapid chargers. Conversely, Hot weather can also affect your electric car’s thermal management systems, affecting its efficiency. Hot conditions can also test an electric vehicle’s internal resistance, rising as battery charges increase.

So Alaskan EV users will have problems, as will those who are in the warmer climates. Texas has been at around 110 degrees lately. Rep Tammy Duckworth has advanced the proposal that even tactical vehicles be transitioned by 2045. The charging stations must be watertight. But what about the vehicles? Will these high powered ELECTRIC batteries short out when the military vehicles have to drive through water? Asking for a friend.

The Biden administration and Congress constantly babble about saving the environment. All of these “climate” proposals have extreme drawbacks. This is an AGENDA. It is designed to decimate economies and divide countries. From windmills that cannot produce enough power for communities and destroy wildlife, to solar panels that only work in climates with lots of sunshine, to forcing electric vehicles that are not practical for everyone, there are forces behind such things that are not readily apparent.

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