Green Machines Conserve Energy in Japan

Story Number: NNS090312-15Release Date: 3/12/2009 4:16:00 PM
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By Jennifer Barnhill, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan Public Affairs

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (NNS) -- Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan's Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) and Yokosuka's MWR made recent purchases with emergency conservation in mind.

With high fuel costs and the concern of global warming, leaders believe it is everyone's responsibility to do their part to try and conserve resources for future generations.

"We coordinated with Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) to purchase a full electric vehicle for use in our operations," said Steve Motchnik, MWR Atsugi director. "And in exchange, both bases' MWRs did away with one gas-powered vehicle."

You may have already seen the vehicles around base. Although the vehicles are "green" and eco-friendly, they are painted white and look like mini Hummers. Atsugi's "green machine" is being used by its supply distribution center to pick up and deliver supplies to all MWR facilities while the MWR Yokosuka vehicle is being used by the maintenance staff to transport employees to and from work sites.

"We really enjoy the speed and silence of the new vehicles" said Motchnik. "They are able to run for up to 50 miles on one charge and are 'plug ins'."

They plug into a standard wall plug for charging purposes with no high-tech gear required. The purchase was made possible by a CNIC N94 division grant that covered half of the vehicles' total cost.

According to Motchnik, MWR will continue to look for additional ways to help the environment in an efficient and economical manner, always keeping Sailors and their families in mind.

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