Starting with 800 vehicles in fiscal year 2009 the Army expects to acquire 4,000 NEVs in the next three years for use at 44 installations. The vehicles will be leased through the General Services Administration(GSA) from US golf cart companies like E-Z Go. According to Paul Bollinger, U.S. Army Deputy Assistant Secretary, Privatization and Partnerships, the acquisition is expected to be only a start as he anticipates the Army eventually acquiring 10,000 vehicles. In addition, the Air Force and Navy have reportedly expressed interest in “piggybacking” on the Army program and Bollinger expects that they will have a need for 10,000 vehicles apiece themselves.
The vehicles are reportedly street legal and if this is the case, then they must meet the LSV regulations and this will mean a significant boost to the NEV/LSV market.