The US Army is ahead of a hundred countries in terms of emissions, occupying the infamous 47th position in the ranking of countries that pollute our common good – the planet the most. As a branch of the US military, which also includes the navy and the air force, it intends to turn to emission-free vehicles. That is why the US Army is betting on electric propulsion, looking to the future.
In the fight to cut emissions, the US military is betting on electric propulsion, but that is only part of the plan
The U.S. Army has just unveiled its comprehensive climate strategy that includes measures to reduce emissions and expand the electric vehicle fleet in the years to come. This will be an enormous amount of money, and indeed the Department of Defense is well aware of it when it announces its commitment to the case.
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Today’s US Army plan is to cut emissions to 50% of 2005 levels by 2032, as well as cut emissions to 0 in 2050. To achieve this, the army will take a number of steps as part of its operations to counteract the impact on the climate, among which we can distinguish mainly three “lines of action” – installations, purchasing and logistics and training.
In addition to improving energy efficiency and systems at all military facilities, the plan includes the electrification of light non-tactile vehicles by 2027 and all non-tactical vehicles by 2035. The US Army will also focus on strengthening the logistics and supply system to make it more resilient to climate change, and on training soldiers “to operate in a climate changed world.”
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However, electrification will not be limited to non-tactile vehicles. By 2035, the army intends to market tactical hybrid vehicles, and fully electric tactical vehicles will enter service in 2050. These vehicles will be purpose-built for military service, and the army will also develop the charging capabilities needed to power them in tactical applications.