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Navy Releases Huge EV Lease Solicitation

January 5, 2016 in EVs, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NavFac Wants as Many as 600 EVs for Southern California

The U.S. Navy has a released its formal solicitation to lease from 400 to 600 battery electric vehicles for use at about a dozen facilities in Southern California. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command wants proposals by February 8.

NavFac invited interested suppliers to register, and held a meeting on its EV acquisition plan this past summer (F&F, August 19). An additional pre-proposal conference is planned.


The U.S. Navy is looking to lease hundreds of electric vehicles in California.

The U.S. Navy is looking to lease hundreds of electric vehicles in California.

NavFac plans to lease the vehicles on a commercial basis. “Any size business may submit a proposal,” states solicitation number N6247316R1002. The Navy envisions a basic contract period of 12 months, with two 12-month options for a total maximum duration of 36 months.

Support Services Too

In addition to passenger vehicle leasing, providers may furnish web-based telematics, roadside assistance, and preventative maintenance services.

The leased EVs may be deployed at such Navy and Marine facilities as Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Point Loma, Naval Base Coronado, NAF El Centro, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Naval Base Ventura County, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Naval Air Station Lemoore, Naval Support Activity Monterey, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, MCB Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenty-Nine Palms.


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Source: U.S. Navy with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Phoenix for the Navy at Port Hueneme

April 21, 2015 in EVs, Fleet Order, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

All-Electric ‘Zeus’ Flatbed Features Vehicle-to-Grid Capability

Phoenix Motorcars reports delivery of a V2G-capable “Zeus” battery truck to the U.S. Navy at Port Hueneme, Calif. The full-sized flatbed truck will be used as a service vehicle to transport supplies and equipment for facilities maintenance at Port Hueneme and nearby Point Mugu, Phoenix says.


Phoenix Motorcars battery-electric truck for the U.S. Navy at Port Hueneme, Calif.

Phoenix Motorcars V2G-capable battery-electric flatbed for the U.S. Navy at Port Hueneme, Calif. NavFac is the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

Zeus stands for zero emissions utility shuttle.

The vehicle is equipped for V2G, vehicle-to-grid charging, meaning it can direct power both to and from the electric grid. Thus the truck “will serve as a low-cost mobile power source, and an outlet to increase energy security.”

ONR Funding

The project was funded by ESTEP, the Energy Systems Technology Evaluation Program in the Office of Naval Research.

The vehicle features single-charge range of about 100 miles, Phoenix says.

Phoenix recently delivered to the first of four Zeus trucks to JPL, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also in Southern California (F&F, April 3).


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U.S. Navy Makes Biggest-Ever Biofuel Buy

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

‘Green Strike Group’ Prompts $12 Million Buy

Of Biofuels from Dynamic Fuels and Solazyme

U.S. Navy plans for a “Green Strike Group” with biofuel-powered ships and aircraft have prompted the biggest government biofuel purchase ever: 450,000 gallons from Dynamic Fuels, a joint venture of Tyson Foods and Syntroleum Corp.

The U.S. Navy set a biofuel speed record using a Solazyme algae blend on December 9 on this LCAC (Landing Craft, Air Cushion)

The U.S. Navy set a biofuel speed record using a Solazyme algae blend on December 9 on this LCAC (Landing Craft, Air Cushion)

Dynamic will produce the Navy fuel in Geismar, La. using U.S.-sourced yellow grease (used cooking oil) and tailored algal oil from South San Francisco’s Solazyme as feedstocks. Deliverables for May 2012 include 100,000 gallons of jet fuel (Hydro-treated Renewable JP- 5 or HRJ-5) and 350,000 gallons of marine distillate fuel (Hydro-Treated Renewable F-76 or HRD-76), Dynamic says.

The Dynamic Fuels contract from DLA-Energy (Defense Logistic Agency) is worth just over $12 million. Solazyme was awarded $10.2 million last year toward the development of algae-based fuels.

The Navy is garnering increasing attention for its biofuels work. Just this past Friday, its LCAC 91 (Landing Craft, Air Cushion) amphibious transport vessel set a biofuel speed record off of Panama City, Fla., reaching 50 knots on a 50/50 blend of hydro-processed algal oil and petroleum F-76. Previous trials involved a retired destroyer and Boeing F/A-18 supersonic jet.

‘Wright Brothers-Moment’

“Our Navy is working to be resilient to any potential energy future,” Rear Adm. Philip Cullom said in a Friday release. “Pursuing sustainable resources, such as alternative fuels that are drop-in replacements, assures our performance and mobility while protecting us from the volatility of the fossil fuel market.

“This demonstration is another Wright Brothers-moment for the Navy,” Cullom said. We have shown that we can achieve more than 50 knots on the water and Mach 1.7 in the air – all on biofuel blends.” Cullom is director and chief of the Navy’s Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division.

Data was collected on engine torque, acceleration rates, craft speed, fuel flow rates, propeller pitch, compressor discharge pressure, and inlet and exhaust gas temperature, said Richard Leung navy fuels engineering manager with the Naval Sea Systems Command.

“This award clearly demonstrates that we’re building momentum for the sale and use of our renewable fuels,” Dynamic Fuels management director Jeff Bigger, said in his firm’s announcement. “We’ve previously provided the U.S. military with fuel for testing,” Bigger said. “This contract confirms they recognize the performance and environmental advantages of our fuel since they’re coming back for more and are asking for a much larger volume.”

The U.S. Navy set a biofuel speed record using a Solazyme algae blend on December 9 on this LCAC (Landing Craft, Air Cushion)

“This is an historic contract,” said Solazyme CEO Jonathan Wolfson.

The biofuel blend is a true drop-in: “There are no modifications required to the ship, aircraft or fuel distribution system,” says Rick Kamin, naval fuels and lubricants cross functional team lead. Full qualifications are expected in 2012, following evaluation of the renewable fuel, Kamin told F&F, “under the full spectrum of potential conditions the Navy could possible operate.

“Testing will look at both the impact of low temperature and high temperature operations,” Kamin says.

The Navy’s Green Strike Group is to deploy in 2012. For 2016? “The Great Green Fleet.”



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