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Biden plans to replace ENTIRE federal fleet of 645,000 cars and trucks with American-made electric vehicles, but doesn't provide a timeline or a cost - or word on the 'Beast' presidential limos

 President Joe Biden has vowed to replace the U.S. government's fleet of roughly 650,000 vehicles with American-made electric models in a push for the use of 'clean energy'.

Still, he didn't give a timeline for the fleet replacement - or, crucially, a price tag. 

Biden said the electrification of the U.S. fleet would create jobs for American autoworkers and that it would be a large mobilization of public investment, especially when paired with a separate 'Buy American' executive order he signed earlier in the week. 

All told, the electrification of the fleet could provide a million jobs in the auto and clean energy fields, Biden claimed.

President Biden said that the federal government's fleet of vehicles will be replaced with clean electric vehicles

President Biden said that the federal government's fleet of vehicles will be replaced with clean electric vehicles

'The federal government owns an enormous fleet of vehicles, which we're going to replace with clean electric vehicles - made right here in America made by American workers,' Biden said.

It could cost the U.S. $20 billion or more to replace the fleet, according to Reuters calculations. 

It's a big task: Of U.S.-government vehicles, just 3,215 were electric vehicles as of July 2020, according to government figures.

Biden said he also would close 'loopholes' that allow key parts like engines, steel and glass to be manufactured abroad for vehicles that still get the stamp of being U.S.-made. No longer under his new proposal, he said.

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The fleet replacement is part of a campaign promise Biden made while running for president and will start with the replacement of trucks driven by USPS

The fleet replacement is part of a campaign promise Biden made while running for president and will start with the replacement of trucks driven by USPS

It's unclear if the Cadillac-made 'Beast' fleet of limos in which presidents travel will be covered by the 'all-electric' plan

It's unclear if the Cadillac-made 'Beast' fleet of limos in which presidents travel will be covered by the 'all-electric' plan

The White House did not immediately answer questions about over what period Biden planned to replace current vehicles or if the replacement includes The Beast fleet of fortified Cadillac limousines in which the president travels. 

The electrification project is separate from another Biden initiative that was announced: his 'Buy America' executive order that was signed Monday doesn't direct the purchase of electric vehicles.

Meanwhile, as of 2019, the U.S. government owned 645,000 vehicles that were driven 4.5 billion miles consuming 375 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel, according to the General Services Administration (GSA). 

They include 245,000 civilian vehicles, 173,000 military vehicles, and 225,000 post office vehicles, which traveled 4.5 billion miles in 2019. 

The U.S. government spent $4.4 billion on federal vehicle costs in 2019, the GSA said. 

As of 2019, the federal government has over 645,000 vehicles in its fleet, so it's likely going to take years for a full replacement to happen. A US Secret Service agent stands next to a limo outside the White House

As of 2019, the federal government has over 645,000 vehicles in its fleet, so it's likely going to take years for a full replacement to happen. A US Secret Service agent stands next to a limo outside the White House

The first among the federal fleet of vehicles needed to be replaced is the current fleet of US Postal Service delivery vehicles - many of which are still the Grumman LLV models that became the post office's vehicle of choice back in the 1980s.

During the campaign, Biden vowed to 'make a major federal commitment to purchase clean vehicles for federal, state, tribal, postal, and local fleets.'

He also vowed to create 1 million new jobs in the 'American auto industry, domestic auto supply chains, and auto infrastructure, from parts to materials to electric vehicle charging stations.'

Biden backs new consumer rebates to encourage the replacement of old, less-efficient vehicles with newer electric vehicles and incentives for manufacturers to build or retool factories to assemble EVs and parts.

Biden vows to build 550,000 EV charging stations and spend more in clean energy research.

Biden vows to build 550,000 EV charging stations and spend more in clean energy research.

Biden has also pledged to build 550,000 EV charging stations and spend more in clean energy research.

Automaker GM said that it 'is encouraged by President Biden's commitment to supporting American manufacturing,' while Ford said, 'President Biden's early focus on investing in American manufacturing is critical to the continued success of the U.S. auto industry.' 

Ford recently unveiled an electric version of its Transit vans, and GM just unveiled a new company called BrightDrop focused on electric delivery vehicles. 

1 comment:

  1. And what's the plan to increase the capacity and the reliability of the nation's power grid in order to cope with the increased demand? Crickets.

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