TNW Conference 2024 is now SOLD OUT 🎟 Join the Friday only ticket waitlist now →

This article was published on January 26, 2021

The future of US government vehicles is electric

Biden signed an executive order committing to electrification

The future of US government vehicles is electric

US President Joe Biden has vowed to replace the nation’s government vehicles with an American-made electrically powered fleet, CNBC reports.

The commitment came as part of the “Buy American” executive order, which is designed, as its name suggests, to stimulate government procurement of US-made products.

America’s switch to electric vehicles won’t happen overnight though. It’ll also be quite expensive and challenging because there isn’t a huge amount of choice when it comes to US-made EVs.

[Read: How Netflix shapes mainstream culture, explained by data]

The <3 of EU tech

The latest rumblings from the EU tech scene, a story from our wise ol' founder Boris, and some questionable AI art. It's free, every week, in your inbox. Sign up now!

Perhaps the most obvious is Tesla, but General Motors and Nissan also produce electric vehicles in the country. Iconic American brand Ford doesn’t make EVs in the States yet, but has announced plans to do so. The blue oval’s Mustang Mach-E is made in Mexico.

Biden hasn’t been too specific about the criteria of what an EV is. In the executive order it simply states that vehicles must have “net zero emissions,” presumably this opens the door for other electrified vehicles such as plug-in hybrids, so long as their gasoline emissions are offset.

The US president hasn’t specified a timeline for when it’s likely to achieve its goal. One thing is for sure, with more than 640,000 vehicles in its fleet, it’s got a mountain climb.

SHIFT is brought to you by Polestar. It’s time to accelerate the shift to sustainable mobility. That is why Polestar combines electric driving with cutting-edge design and thrilling performance. Find out how.

Get the TNW newsletter

Get the most important tech news in your inbox each week.

Also tagged with