May 25, 2022

The US government has about 1,100 charging stations. More than 100,000 charging stations may be needed to support the widespread use of electric vehicles over the next decade, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) statement released on Tuesday.

The testimonial, first released by Reuters, focused primarily on the US Postal Service’s efforts to transition its fleet to electric vehicles, as well as federal fleet transition issues. The GAO found that federal agencies such as the USPS had some misconceptions about the costs and benefits of using gas versus electric vehicles, namely that the USPS used gas prices about $2 per gallon lower in their estimates. than the current national average. and acquisition costs. Which is much higher than reality.

The GAO has identified the cost and installation of charging infrastructure as a significant challenge to obtaining electric vehicles for the federal fleet.

Last month, President Joe Biden’s administration unveiled plans to allocate nearly $5 billion over the next five years to build thousands of electric vehicle charging stations. The plan, which falls under Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill, is the first installment of a total $7.5 million approved by Congress in November and will be used to fund 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations.

In December, Biden also signed an executive order requiring the government to phase out purchases of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. The order states that by 2027, passenger cars purchased by the state will have zero emissions. The White House definition of zero emissions includes plug-in hybrids, so maybe someone should tell them that hybrid cars still run on gasoline?

Despite these lofty goals, several steps were taken to electrify the US government fleet. The General Services Administration (GSA) said federal agencies had ordered just 1,854 additional zero-emission vehicles as of March 10 since the last report.

The US government typically buys about 50,000 vehicles a year. According to GSA statistics, the federal fleet currently consists of approximately 657,000 cars, SUVs and trucks, of which less than 1% is currently electric.

The Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program provides technical assistance to federal agencies wishing to purchase electric vehicles and install Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), which can be purchased at a discount under the GSA EVSE General Purchase Agreement. GSA is negotiating price cuts for several EV models. Last year, GSA was able to acquire Chevy Bolts for about $10,000 less than market value. However, the only other all-electric car available last year under the GSA plan, the Nissan Leaf is on sale for around $1,000.

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