Electric Vehicles

U.S. Military Orders More Electric Trucks

September 10, 2009

SANTA ROSA, CA - The U.S. military has ordered additional Zaptruck XL electric vehicles and charging stations for shipment to a second international base, according to the manufacturer.

Based on an initial trial order placed in June, the new order includes eleven Zaptruck XLs as well as five 220-volt fast charging stations.

While the XL trucks are normally equipped with on-board 110-volt or 220-volt smart chargers, the charging stations are specially designed for rapid charging. Like a fuel pump, the electric trucks can pull up and plug in between trips, what is called an "opportunity charge" in the industry. These advanced chargers are designed to charge ZAP trucks almost completely in an hour, enabling the vehicles with much greater range on a daily basis, according to ZAP.

ZAP noted a significant increase in interest from fleet buyers over the past several months. In August, the Federal Aviation Administration awarded ZAP a contract for seven ZAP trucks.

 

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