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Navy Recruiting Command To Use Hybrid Vehicles, Cut Petroleum Use

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Story Number: NNS100420-06
4/20/2010

By Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (EXW) Tom Jones, Commander, Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn (NNS) -- Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) will begin incorporating hybrid vehicles into its leased government vehicle fleet beginning in May 2010 in direct support of the Navy's overall goal to cut petroleum use in half by 2020.

The Government Services Administration will deliver 297 Ford Fusion hybrid vehicles to NRC from May to mid-August of 2010.

By 2013, NRC expects 25 percent of the 5,100 vehicles in the command vehicle fleet to be hybrids. NRC's goal is for hybrid vehicles to comprise at least 75 percent of the NRC fleet by 2020.

The initial influx of hybrid vehicles will be used predominately in metropolitan areas throughout the country, said John Curry, deputy director of the NRC Supply, Logistics and Facilities Department.

A metropolitan statistical area is defined as a city that normally has a population of 100,000 people or more. NRC will use these vehicles in cities like Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Denver, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Nashville, New York and Miami.

"This initiative is important because it shows our commitment to preserving the environment and reduces our dependency on foreign oil," said Curry.

Today, 85 percent of NRC's vehicle fleet consists of alternative fuel vehicles or "flex fuel" vehicles that can operate on ethanol as well as gasoline. The switch to hybrid vehicles will reduce the operational cost by $200 per vehicle annually, ultimately saving NRC and the Navy more than $55,800 in 2010 alone.

"It's not just about the dollar figure," said Curry. "We are reducing our carbon footprint, ultimately supporting the Navy's energy and environmental goals."

According to Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, the Department of the Navy has raised the bar by committing that the Navy will lead among the services, the federal government and the nation in achieving aggressive goals for energy efficiency.

"[Our] initiatives are tied directly to our national security," said Pfannenstiel. "But achieving them, we will realize other benefits, including better use of limited resources and healthier communities."

NRC is located aboard Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tenn., and is the headquarters for 26 Navy recruiting districts and almost 1,500 Navy recruiting stations across the country. NRC's mission is to recruit the best men and women for America's Navy to accomplish today's missions and meet tomorrow's challenges.



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