President Biden Wants to Replace Federal Vehicles With Electric Ones01/26/2021
President Biden has been busy during his first week in office. Today, the 46th President of the United States pledged to replace every single federally-owned vehicle with an electric (or electified) vehicle. Biden didn’t mention if that plan includes military vehicles, but he did say that all of them will be made right here in America. According to a General Services Administration report from July 2020, the federal government owns and runs 382,901 non-military vehicles, most of them used by the Postal Service.
For context, that’s nearly as many EVs as Tesla sold in all of 2020, globally. The move to EVs is part of a Biden plan to invest billions of dollars in the American economy through federal purchases of products made by American workers. Even though Biden didn’t establish a timeline to replace the current vehicles, the president’s website notes the $400 billion project will be “the largest mobilization in procurement, infrastructure, and research and development since WWII.”
Clearly this is a massive undertaking, but the federal government going all in on EVs (and/or net-zero emissions electrified vehicles—the messaging is a bit ambiguous at the moment) can only be a good thing. More plug-in vehicles on the road means the need for more charging stations, and even a small percentage of those charging stations being made available to the public would make living with an EV significantly easier in parts of the country where charging stations aren’t as popular as they are say, in California.
Biden’s plan will also no doubt help speed up the development of EV tech for the future, hopefully bringing us EVs that have even more range and are even kinder to the environment in terms of what materials are used and how they are sourced. But perhaps most importantly, it will bolster the growth of manufacturing jobs in the United States and push the U.S. economy to a cleaner, more renewable future.
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