Can personal vehicles use electric-vehicle charging stations on base?

Photo by Andrea Howry / Lighthouse
By law, these electric-car chargers on board Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, can’t be used for personal vehicles.

Photo by Andrea Howry / Lighthouse By law, these electric-car chargers on board Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, can’t be used for personal vehicles.

Question: What is the base policy on charging personal vehicles at electric-vehicle charging stations? I’ve seen some available on base, but they’re locked.

Answer: At this time, charging personally owned vehicles at charging stations installed using appropriated funds is not allowed by law. Essentially, it would be similar to allowing you to gas your car at the government vehicle fuel station.

We are, at this time, similarly prohibited from pursuing a reimbursement for power taken for private use versus official use.

However, the Navy Exchange is exploring the possibility of offering recharge stations for a metered cost to the customer. There is a pilot station open in Bethesda, Md., and two stations are set to open in the San Diego area this year.

The Navy is a strong supporter of green technology and energy for the fleet, and pursuing these pay-for-use options with the NEX is one way to extend that initiative to Sailors and their families. Taking proper care of our resources is important from both a fiscal and environmental standpoint, and electric vehicles are one way the average citizen can really make a difference in that area.

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