U.S. government will buy the first 100 plug-in electric Volts

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To promote the “green” effort, the U.S. government plans to purchase about 100 plug-in hybrids by the end of next year. This will double its fleet of hybrid-electric vehicles for the 2011 year. Since General Motors is partially owned by the U.S. government, it is likely that the new 100 plug-in hybrids will be the GM Volts. The move represents the U.S. government’s commitment to reduce fleet petroleum use by 30 percent by the year 2020, as a way of reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and carbon-dioxide emissions.

To ensure the Volt gets picked, GM has suggested that it will deliver the first 100 Volts to the U.S. government fleets. Here is GM’s official respond,

“We are pleased to see that the Federal government is interested in the greening of their vehicle fleet. Media speculation has led to reports that the GSA and DOE will be buying the first 100 Chevrolet Volt’s because we will meet this criteria. At this time we have no further details regarding these purchases.”

GM will launch its plug-in electric Volt model later this year, and the White House has said the U.S. government will buy the first 100 of the cars that roll off the assembly line later this year, and it is considering buying the plug-in Ram pickup from Chrysler when it comes on the market in 2011.

As for now, Ford is not in the equation yet. But we all know too well that Ford is going to have a piece of that pie somehow with its Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan.

Source Ward’s Auto