U.S. Marine Corps Adds Electric Trucks to its Fleet

Smith Military electric Truck photo

Photo: Smith Electric
The U.S. Marine Corps has just bought two electric Newton trucks from Smith Electric. The photo above shows the prototype (which the USMC will repaint to their liking), which is a bit different from the Smith Electric Newton trucks that we're more used to see (see the other pic below). The trucks will be delivered to Camp Pendleton, CA, the Corps' largest West Coast training facility, and home of the First Marine Expeditionary Force.
us marine corps target practice photo

Photo: Public domain.

"A September report by the Center for a New American Security recommended in the interest of financial and security concerns that America's armed forces set a goal of operating all of its systems on non-petroleum fuels by 2040. The Marine Corps has already set out to reduce it energy use 30 percent by 2015 and increase its reliance on renewable electrical energy to 25 percent by 2025."

While electric vehicles might not yet have the range to be deployed in combat operations, they are pretty much perfect for use on military bases to carry equipment and personel. The distances are fairly small, and electricity is a lot less expensive than diesel fuel. It will also reduce air pollution from idling trucks, as well as noise pollution since the EV are nearly silent.

The electric Newton can carry a payload of 16,000 pounds, has a top speed of 55 mph, and a range of 50 to 120 miles on a single charge. They are powered by lithium-ion batteries.

It's not entirely clear yet how many electric trucks the USMC is interested in acquiring, but I don't think they're going to stop at 2 if the ones they bought work out well.

Smith Military electric Truck photo

Photo: Smith Electric

Here's what the civilian Newton looks like.

Via Smith Electric
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