Citing the US military’s carbon emissions footprint, a group of senior Senate Democrats officially introduced a bill on Monday that would require the Pentagon to buy electric vehicles starting later this year. Spearheaded by Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), the Military Vehicle Fleet Electrification Act would apply to “non-tactical” cars, vans or light-duty trucks bought or leased by the Department of Defense (DOD) starting in fiscal year 2023.
“Transitioning the military’s non-tactical fleet of vehicles to electric or other zero-emission vehicles would have a significant impact on the US government’s greenhouse gas emissions,” Warren said in a statement announcing the bill. “This is an effective solution that helps us tackle the climate crisis and keeps the military ready for the future,” she added.
Hirono called the proposal “a critical step in reducing our government’s carbon emissions” and said it would “help combat climate change while helping to ensure our military has the advantages of a modern fleet of vehicles that reduces the military’s dependence on oil.”
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Senators Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), and Angus King (I-Vermont) have also co-sponsored the bill, with an eye to making it part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the next fiscal year, which begins in October.