U.S. Army Laboratory Leads Way in Clean Energy Infrastructure

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Source: U.S. Army photo by Ellie White
Source: U.S. Army photo by Ellie White

January 5, 2024 | Originally published by U.S. Army on December 21, 2023

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD – The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center (DEVCOM CBC) received two solar electric vehicle (EV) chargers on November 17, making it one of the first federal tenants on Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) with the capability. The acquisition of the chargers is part of an executive order to reduce emissions and invest in clean energy throughout the federal government. This change also aligns with a U.S. Department of Defense initiative to transition all nontactical federal vehicles to be emission free by 2035, which would make its fleet the largest zero-emission vehicle fleet in the nation.

DEVCOM CBC acquired the two new solar EV chargers by making use of federal resources and funding made available with the new mandates taking place.

“CBC is capitalizing on this untapped resource that has not been utilized previously. We want to set an example as a federal institution and work toward a future with clean energy,” said Todd McKinney, Equipment Manager and Acting Branch Chief of the Logistics Branch at DEVCOM CBC.

The solar EV chargers will help the installation prepare for the federal fleet to become emission-free. The addition of the solar chargers demonstrates how CBC is helping to lead the charge toward the larger goal of reducing emissions.

“Our customers and fellow employees can see that the Army is utilizing a sustainable resource and saving tax money. We’re able to reduce our spending by providing free energy which will save money, resources, and time while being environmentally conscious,” said McKinney.

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