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The US government only has 1% of the EV chargers it needs – TechCrunch


The US government owns around 1,100 charging stations. More than 100,000 charging stations may be needed to support widespread use of electric vehicles over the next decade, according to testimony from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday.

The testimony, which was first reported by Reuters, focused on the U.S. Postal Service’s efforts to transition its fleet to electric vehicles and federal fleet transition issues. The GAO found that federal agencies like the USPS had some incorrect assumptions about the cost and benefits of using gas-powered vehicles over electric vehicles, namely that the USPS used lower gas prices of about $2 per gallon at the current national average in its estimates, and assumed maintenance and acquisition. higher than actual costs.

The GAO has identified charging infrastructure and installation costs as a major challenge for acquiring electric vehicles for federal fleets.

Last month, President Joe Biden’s administration unveiled a plan to allocate nearly $5 billion over the next five years to build thousands of electric vehicle charging stations. The plan, which falls under Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill, is the first tranche of a total of $7.5 million approved by Congress in November to be used to fund 500,000 charging stations. for electric vehicles.

Biden also signed an executive order in December that would see the government end purchases of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. The order stated that light-duty vehicles purchased by the government would be emission-free by 2027. It is important to note, however, that the White House definition of zero emissions includes plug-in hybrids, so maybe someone should tell them that hybrid cars still run on gasoline?

Despite these lofty goals, little has yet been done to electrify US government fleets. The General Services Administration (GSA) said that as of March 10, federal agencies had ordered only 1,854 additional zero-emission vehicles since its previous report.

The US government typically purchases around 50,000 vehicles per year. The federal fleet currently has about 657,000 cars, SUVs and trucks, less than 1% of which are currently electric, according to GSA data.

The Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program offers technical support to Federal agencies seeking to purchase EVs and install EV Power Equipment (EVSE), which can be purchased at a discount through the GSA EVSE general purchase contract. GSA negotiates reduced prices for many models of electric vehicles. Last year, GSA was able to get Chevy Bolts for nearly $10,000 below market price. That said, the only other pure electric vehicle available last year through the GSA program, the Nissan Leaf, is being offered at a discount of around $1,000.

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