US government to replace its 650,000 vehicle fleet with US-made electric models

January 26, 2021

The US President Joe Biden plans to replace the US government’s fleet of some 650,000 vehicles with electric models made in America. The new president also expressed criticism and a goal of closing previous loopholes that allowed key parts, such as engines, steel and glass, to be manufactured abroad in vehicles considered ‘American made’.

“The federal government owns an enormous fleet of vehicles, which we’re going to replace with clean electric vehicles made right here in America made by American workers,” stated President Biden.

As of 2019, the US government was reported to own 645,000 vehicles that were driven a total of 4.5 billion miles, consuming 375 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel, according to the General Services Administration (GSA). Of the current fleet, just 3,215 were electric vehicles as of July 2020, GSA said.

The president also vows to build 550,000 EV charging stations and spend more on clean energy research.

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