Advanced Vehicle and Power Initiative (AVPI): Draft White Paper Proposes Aggressive Adoption of Advanced Vehicles and Renewable Energy on Army Bases

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Advanced Vehicle and Power Initiative (AVPI):
Draft White Paper Proposes Aggressive Adoption of
Advanced Vehicles and Renewable Energy on Army Bases

DATE:    May 27, 2010
TO:        CALSTART Members
FROM:    Bill Van Amburg, Senior Vice President

We want to make our members aware of an ambitious draft white paper – collaboratively developed among industry, academia and the government – that proposes a dramatic transformation to advanced vehicles and renewable energy use on Army facilities that would significantly cut petroleum and energy use.  The white paper development has been facilitated by the U.S. Army’s Research, Development & Engineering Command’s Tank-Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC) - National Automotive Center (NAC).

The proposed Advanced Vehicle and Power Initiative (AVPI) is not yet a program, but its design supports National Energy Policies and Army Energy Strategy.  AVPI is geared to accelerate Army adoption of advanced propulsion vehicles for the Army’s non-tactical vehicle (NTV) fleet that reduce petroleum consumption and emissions, and which are capable of importing and exporting grid electric power or islanded power to installations (Army bases).  

AVPI – if funded – could mean major opportunities for suppliers and manufacturers of advanced passenger and commercial vehicles of all weight classes, as well as smart grid and vehicle to grid (V2G) systems.  The Army has approximately 83,000 domestic NTVs and a significant percentage is medium and heavy-duty.  AVPI supports National Energy Policy requiring the Army’s NTV fleet to reduce petroleum use by two percent per year through 2020 and to use low green-house-gas (GHG) emitting vehicles.

The white paper is still in the comment phase and companies are encouraged to become involved.   If you would like to read the draft, it’s available on our web site at: http://www.calstart.org/Projects/Hybrid-Truck-Users-Forum/HTUF-Information-and-Resources.aspx  

If you’re interested in commenting or finding out more about the concept and its status, please contact:  Dean Zeal McGrew, US ARMY - TARDEC-NAC, dean.mcgrew@us.army.mil