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GSA Administrator Martha Johnson Joins Electric Vehicle Workshop

GSA Administrator visits Bellevue to talk EVs with representatives from local businesses
and government officials.

GSA # 10791

April 20, 2011
Adam Elkington, 202-441-9210
adam.elkington@gsa.gov|

WASHINGTON – Today, GSA Administrator Martha N. Johnson joined Bellevue, Wash., building managers, electricians, sustainability managers, urban planners, parking garage managers, and local government officials at City Hall for Charging Ahead with Electric Vehicles – a Puget Sound Clean Cities workshop on plug-in electric vehicle charging stations.  Administrator Johnson delivered opening remarks and toured Bellevue’s electric vehicle charging station, the first in the region.

“It’s great to be here in Bellevue, kicking off the Charging Ahead with Electric Vehicles workshop,” Johnson said during her opening remarks. “When the President declared in his State of the Union address that he expects to see 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, he was serious. Under his direction, the federal government is breaking down barriers, expanding incentives, and supporting the research necessary to launch this industry to the next level.”  

At the workshop, experts addressed questions frequently asked by parties considering installation of an electric vehicle charging station, including: permitting, electrical requirements, installing the right technology, obtaining financial support, and options for revenue collection.  

In the coming months, GSA, the federal agency responsible for procuring two-thirds of the 600,000 vehicle federal fleet, will embark on a pilot program to purchase 100 plug-in electric vehicles. The pilot program will place electric vehicles in cities across the country to determine how the innovative technology can best be folded into the federal fleet. In addition to pursuing electric plug-in vehicles, GSA has doubled the number of hybrid vehicles in the federal fleet over the past year.  

Under Executive Order 13514, President Obama directed federal agencies to lead by example in clean energy; and to meet a range of energy, water, pollution, and waste reduction targets. Among these targets, the EO calls on agencies to cut the federal government's fleet petroleum use by 30 percent by 2020. In addition, last month the President directed that all federal fleet purchases must be alternative fuel vehicles by 2015.  
 

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