U.S. military enlists electric-vehicles and hybrids

Supposedly it was Napoleon who said "the army moves on its stomach."

But the U.S. military is increasingly moving in electric and hybrid vehicles.

Electric vehicles are becoming a more common sight on military bases as the Department of Defense adds "road-capable" electric cars such as the Chevy Volt to a fleet of thousands of smaller battery-powered vehicles, according to a recent report.

The moves are part of the Defense Department's "green initiatives," which seek to reduce the country's dependence on foreign energy sources.

That's not a bad idea, and one we've advocated in the Built by Michigan coalition. Government agencies can do a lot to support American innovation and make us less vulnerable to oil shocks and other foreign disruptions to our economy by adding electric vehicles to their own fleets.

So we're saluting the military on this call.