Yesterday, the U.S. federal government bought its first batch of electric vehicles, some 116 in all; a mix of Chevy Volts, Nissan Leafs, and THINK Cities, they’ll be spread among 20 U.S. agencies. But this is only the beginning of the government’s green vehicle ambitions. According to a memorandum issued yesterday by President Barack Obama, by the end of 2015, all vehicles bought for use by the federal fleet must be powered by alternate fuel sources.
The Federal Government operates the largest fleet of light duty vehicles in America. We owe a responsibility to American citizens to lead by example and contribute to meeting our national goals of reducing oil imports by one-third by 2025 and putting one million advanced vehicles on the road by 2015.
By December 31, 2015, all new light duty vehicles leased or purchased by agencies must be alternative fueled vehicles, such as hybrid or electric, compressed natural gas, or biofuel.
Vehicles “larger than a midsize sedan” that do not use alternative fuels must be disclosed on agency websites within 180 days.
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