GSA adds electric cars to federal fleet; many more to come

The federal government's automotive fleet is going green and high tech.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the government has just bought 116 electric cars to be distributed to 20 agencies around the country. The cars include Chevrolet Volts, Nissan Leafs and Think Cities. (Think is a maker of electric cars based in Norway.)

The purchase is the next big step in the government's adoption of advanced vehicle technologies, said Martha Johnson, administrator of the General Services Administration, as quoted in the Times.

"It furthers the administration's goal of putting 1 million advanced vehicles on the road by 2015, and it represents a significant targeted investment in the next generation of automotive technology," she said.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration released a memo to agencies saying that all new cars in the federal government fleet must be alternative-fuel vehicles, including those with hybrid engines and those powered by electricity or natural gas. The order, released May 24, also encourages development of a fueling infrastructure for such vehicles.

"Moreover, agency alternative fueled vehicles must, as soon as practicable, be located in proximity to fueling stations with available alternative fuels and be operated on the alternative fuel for which the vehicle is designed," the order states. "Where practicable, agencies should encourage development of commercial infrastructure for alternative fuel or provide flex fuel and alternative fuel pumps and charging stations at federal fueling sites."

About the Author

Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.