Under the electric vehicle pilot program announced by Energy Secretary Steven Chu on May 25, the US Government plans to purchase 101 Chevy Volts for use in the federal fleet. On the whole, there are 116 electric vehicles to be bought by 2012, namely 5 Think City EVs, 10 Nissan Leafs, and 101 Volts. All of them are to be distributed among 20 agencies, including the Treasury Department, the Energy Department, and the Navy, in five cities of the country: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Washington, DC. Next year, it is also planned to install about 100 charging stations in government buildings. And it is not clear yet whether the stations will be open for the public use.
In 2010, the General Service Administration doubled the federal electric vehicle fleet. And in order not to increase the total quantity of the vehicles, old cars have been replaced with hybrids. This increased average mpg from 19.1 for the 2010 fleet to 23.4 for the 2011 fleet. The GSA claims that after the acquisition of the mentioned 116 EVs, there will be an overall fuel efficiency improvement of 21%. The new cars are supposed to save approximately 29,000 gallons of gasoline per year, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 253 tons and saving taxpayers about $116,000.