The Department of Energy (DOE) today announced yet another step toward its goal getting more advanced electric vehicles on the road in the United States.
The DOE, along with the White House and General Services Administration (GSA), released a memorandum and revealed that it will be leasing electric vehicles to 20 agencies across the country.
In the Memorandum, the President specifically directs agencies to:
- Develop practices that would move the Federal government to 100 percent purchase of alternative fuel passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks by 2015;
- Develop and implement a methodology for agencies to determine their agency's optimal fleet size and provide agencies with recommendations for alternative fuel vehicle acquisition and fleet optimization; and
- Establish a goal for the size and composition of the federal fleet and a plan to achieve this target by 2015.
We’re excited to see this continued commitment to the electric vehicle market. Yet another sign that the EV market will continue to grow and as it does, first responders can rely on NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Project for information and resources related to this growing fleet of new vehicles.