U.S. Marine Corps Buys Electric Trucks

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An old, non-electric classic. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

The U.S. Marine Corps recently purchased two electric Newton trucks from Smith Electric, TreeHugger.com reports. The trucks will be used at Camp Pendleton, CA, the largest training facility on the West Coast.

The electric Newton trucks, powered by lithium-ion batteries, can haul up to 16,000 pounds and have a top speed of 55 miles per hour, ranging from 50 to 120 miles on one charge.

According to a report from the Center for a New American Security, the Marine Corps aims to reduce energy use 30 percent by 2015 and increase renewable energy use to 25 percent by 2025. America's armed forces hopes to operate entirely on non-petroleum fuel sources by 2040.

--Nick Davidson

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