US Navy Could Lease Between 300 and 600 Electric Cars in California

We know electric cars are cool and environment-friendly, but the US Navy's interest in hiring green rides should be tagged as an intriguing piece of news.
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The Department of Navy signaled intentions to lease between 300 and 600 EVs in California, most likely encouraged by the government's hefty incentives and the overall electric car-oriented environment.

According to, the Navy's initial focus is on a fleet made of EV sedans that staff will use at various Navy and Marine Corps installations within the State of California. In this respect, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command is holding an Industry Forum on the 21st of July, 2015, at the CalEPA Headquarters Building in Sacramento, California.

By doing this, Navy officials hope to gather intel on how the Navy may lease electric vehicles in the State of California and leverage current State and Federal monetary and tax incentives.

The meeting will address topics like electric car leasing, but also availability, warranties, maintenance, liabilities and charging infrastructure support.

Leaving formalities aside, the US Navy have a decent palette of all-electric models to choose from: Nissan Leaf (or the new-gen Leaf), the Kia Soul EV or the future Chevy Bolt, depending on how soon they want to make an acquisition.

Also, Tesla Model S or the upcoming Model X could also be included here, although its high price compared to the other cars might be an issue here. Or they could very well go for plug-in hybrids, let's say Toyota Prius for example or the Chevrolet Volt.

What should the US Navy choose, in your opinion?
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