Story & Photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Eight low-speed electric vehicles (LSEV), which are powered by electric
motors, are being incorporated into the Fort McCoy Transportation Motor
Pool (TMP) motor fleet.
Chris Brown, TMP supervisor, said LSEV vehicles are being provided as
part of government plans to save money and energy by replacing some
gas-powered passenger cars and small trucks with electric vehicles at
all Army installations and selected other federal government
organizations. The Fort McCoy fleet includes four passenger-type sedan
vehicles and four cargo-type truck vehicles that run exclusively on
A new low-speed electric vehicle
is put into service at Fort McCoy.
The vehicles have a top speed of about 25-30 mph and are made by the
Columbia ParCar Corporation of Reedsburg, Wis. Brown said the vehicles
are smaller than their gasoline counterparts and will be used
exclusively for transportation needs in the cantonment area.
Initially, the LSEV sedans were issued to the Directorate of Family and
Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) Lodging, the McCoy Public Works
Joint Venture Environmental Department for the Re-Use-It Store, the
Directorate of Information Management (Network Enterprise Center), and
the Directorate of Logistics (DOL) Residual Efficient Organization.
The pickups were issued to DFMWR McCoy’s, the DOL Supply Fuel Point, the
McCoy Public Works Joint Venture Environmental Department and the DOL
Troop Issue Support Branch.
“The vehicles have the basic accessories, such as a heater, windshield
wipers, seat belts and cargo areas, but don’t have air conditioning,”
Brown said. “They need to be plugged into a regular power source — the
cord looks like a regular commercial power cord — when they’re not being
used. The company told us there wouldn’t be any problems using them in
Al Brueggen, chief of Fort McCoy DFMWR Lodging, said his organization
was issued one of the electrically powered sedans. The vehicle slowly is
being incorporated into use. The smaller heater may discourage usage in
the coldest temperatures, Brueggen said.
“The vehicle rides a bit rough in comparison to a regular vehicle, but
it will be great for getting us around post,” Brueggen said. “It will be
great to use during the spring, summer and fall months.”
Bev Brown recharges an electric sedan used by the McCoy Public
Works Joint Venture Re-Use-It Store at Fort McCoy.
Michelle Hanson, the McCoy Public Works Joint Venture property
administrator, said her organization was issued a sedan and a cargo
truck. As of late December, the sedan was used to support the
installation’s Re-Use-It Store operations and was working well in cold
“We’ve only had the vehicles for about two weeks, and so far they are
meeting all of our needs,” Hanson said. “The sedan is holding its charge
and working fine so far.”
Brown said the vehicles can be plugged into any electric outlet so they
could be recharged at a different location, if available, than the home
building if they were being used to run an errand around post, for
The vehicles’ rechargeable batteries, which are located under the seats,
also don’t have a memory so they can be plugged in and recharged any
time the vehicle is not in use.
“The vehicles are very environmentally friendly and do not have carbon
emissions,” Brown said. “Electric cars may be the wave of the future.”