The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and its prime contractor National Security Technologies (NSTec) have been selected to demonstrate plug-in electric vehicle technology that could help federal vehicle fleets become more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly.
Eleven Chevy Volts were recently delivered to NSTec for use in the demonstration project at the NNSS and the Nevada Site Office in North Las Vegas.
The NNSS is one of only five locations across the nation to be selected to participate in the Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Pilot Program, the first of its kind sponsored by General Services Administration and vehicle manufacturers. Its purpose is to demonstrate plug-in electric vehicle technology for possible wider use in federal fleets nationwide.
Steven A. Mellington, manager of the NNSA Nevada Site Office, said NNSS is an ideal testing location because it will challenge the vehicles in a wide variety of driving conditions: hot and cold, flat and mountainous, rural and city. Drivers at the site experience temperatures of 100 degrees or more in the summer, and freezing and snowy conditions in the upper elevations in winter. The vehicles will also be tested in city conditions as employees drive them to and from the NNSA Nevada Site Office in North Las Vegas for their daily work activities.
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Rick Tindall, superintendent of Light Fleet for NSTec, plugs in a new Chevy Volt at the company’s recharging station at its North Las Vegas facility. The new Volt is one of 11 being introduced into the NSTec fleet as part of the pilot program by the General Services Administration to demonstrate plug-in electric vehicle technology for possible wider use in federal fleets.
Stephen A. Mellington (center), Nevada Site Office Manager for NNSA, listens to a briefing from Rick Medina (right), manager of Fleet, Fuel and Equipment Services for NSTec, and Rick Tindall, superintendent of Light Fleet for NSTec, regarding the plug-in electric vehicle technology being deployed at the Nevada National Security Site. The technology is being tested by the General Services Administration for possible wider use in Federal fleets.