The newly-elected president of the United States of America isn’t wasting time around at all since his assumption of office. President Joe Biden has vowed to switch the US federal fleet with EVs. From the report, the government has a massive fleet of almost 650,000 vehicles in 2019.
The US government demands locally-made electric vehicles to be used in replacing the federal fleet
This latest announcement was made during a press conference revealing the “Buy American” executive order of the new administration. This means all-electric vehicles to be used will be made in the US. The president revealed that his administration will ensure the largest mobilization of public investment in procurement, infrastructure and R&D since the Second World War.
They haven’t disclosed the timeline for this switch yet or the outlined plan. Possibly, the vehicles will be replaced after they have served their purpose. Also, we don’t know yet who the US government will procure these EVs from. Hopefully, this will be revealed in no time.
The new policy will create more jobs and position the country as a global leader in EVs production
There are many automakers in the United States engaging in local production. The government may be faced with a selection dilemma considering the presence of big brands like General Motors, Ford, Rivian, Lordstown, Tesla and VW with preparation for setting up their US local factories.
This new development will also help the carmakers that will be used for the US federal fleet. It will help them improve and develop new platforms for electric vehicle production. Rivian, Lordstown and GM all have fleet vehicles in the production line. This new policy might make General Motors relocate the production of Brightdrop van currently in Canada to the US.
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Electric Cars & Global Warming Emissions
President Joe Biden also stated that conditions for more of the parts to be made in the country will be made stricter. The government only uses up to 250,000 vehicles for civil activities, 173,000 for military purposes and 225,000 vehicles for the post office. In 2019 alone, the vehicles took a combined trip of 4.5 billion miles. It might be an excellent idea after all to take these emissions off the US roads.
This new policy will also create more jobs, especially in the auto industry. According to the president, it will cement the position of the US in the production of EVs on the planet. The president, therefore, asks for multi-billion investments in creating infrastructure such as additional 555.00 charging stations across the country.