US Government Fleet to Turn Green by 2015
So is the case with the plan President Obama presented for the government fleets during the Georgetown University speech. A speech with so many implications for the American energy policy that will keep us writing about it for a long time from now on.
After expressing his support for the Nat Gas Act, the legislation meant to boost the adoption of natural gas powered vehicles, the President reinforced his words with facts. Government agencies, one of the biggest fleet customers on the market, will from now on only buy vehicles that use alternative power sources. Not necessarily natural gas, but alternative.
"To achieve our oil goal, the federal government will lead by example. The fleet of cars and trucks we use in the federal government is one of the largest in the country,” the President said.
“That's why we've already doubled the number of alternative vehicles in the federal fleet, and that's why, today, I am directing agencies to purchase 100% alternative fuel, hybrid, or electric vehicles by 2015. And going forward, we'll partner with private companies that want to upgrade their large fleets.”
The passion President Obama has for EVs, described as among the “few breakthroughs as promising” in terms of cutting oil dependency, will materialize probably in these vehicles (be it pure EVs or PHEVs) becoming the favorite in the race for government fleet car of choice.