Report: Obama Administration BuyingEVs, Ordering 101 Chevrolet Volts

As part of its pledge to utilize an eco-friendly vehicle pool, the Obama administration will reportedly announce today it plans on purchasing 116 new electric vehicles and installing charging stations at federal buildings in several major cities. Although the government will be buying several different types of vehicles, the majority of that order consists of Chevrolet Volts.

By the start of 2012, the General Services Administration, which oversees the purchase of two-thirds of the federal fleet, will take delivery of 101 new Volts, 10 Nissan Leafs, and five Think City EV plug-in electric vehicles. While the purchase will help to reduce the agency’s carbon footprint, it will not increase the size of the federal fleet, as the GSA buys approximately 65,000 new vehicles every year.

The electric vehicles will be given to 20 different agencies in Detroit, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., where the government will also install charging stations for federal use. The report is not clear on whether or not the charging stations will also be open to the public.

The Volt, Leaf, and Think were selected after the GSA reviewed competing bids from different automakers. Both the Volt and the Think are produced in the U.S. (the Volt at Chevrolet’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan, and the Think City in Elkhart, Indiana), and Nissan is planning on beginning domestic production of the Leaf at one of its plants in Tennessee beginning in 2012. At the end of last year, the State of Indiana purchased 15 of the Think City EVs for official use.

Under a new mandate President Obama is slated to introduce later today, the federal government must now work to improve the average mpg of the federal fleet by buying only vehicles with “advanced technology” by 2015, Another executive order will also mandate the government to reduce its gasoline usage by 30 percent by the year 2020.These steps help move towards Obama’sgoalof having one million plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

The federal government has already been able to increase its average mpg from 23.4 mpg for the 2011 fleet, over last year’s average of 19.1 through the purchase of more fuel-efficient vehicles, according to the GSA.

Source: The Detroit News