President Biden declared in 2021 that he wanted to switch to “clean electric vehicles” for all federal government vehicles. It’s a significant task, even without taking into account the number of government organizations that can purchase automobiles through GSA. The legislative and judicial branches, state, local, and tribal governments, government-owned businesses (including the US Postal Service), and some nonprofit organizations are all included in this. The majority of these users can benefit from cheaper pricing on the vehicles themselves or frequently receive government assistance to pay for them, thus it makes sense for them to work with GSA’s assistance.
President Biden: “We’re going to replace the massive fleet of automobiles owned by the federal government with clean electric vehicles produced right here in America, by American workers.” https://t.co/figJbDMrpt pic.twitter.com/racgwk9VGw
— ABC News Live, January 25, 2021 (@ABCNewsLive)
Even while it may not be realistic to electrify all automobiles used by the federal government (as well as all other vehicles) during Biden’s administration, it is doable over time with the aid of enhanced charging infrastructure (another of Biden’s campaign promises). However, these government cars will also require a significant amount of their own charging infrastructure, including Level 2 and Level 3 stations if necessary. While we’ve spent a lot of digital ink discussing the implementation of charging infrastructure for the public (primarily done through the states),
According to a recent press release from EnviroSpark, the installation of this unique EV infrastructure will shortly get underway.
Throughout the Southeast region of the United States, EnviroSpark, a Georgia-based electric vehicle (EV) charging company, has been given a contract by the federal government to design and build EV charging stations at places managed by federal agencies. The General Services Administration (GSA), as part of a larger national initiative to improve EV infrastructure, has allocated $500 million for the project.
EnviroSpark was the only chosen vendor to receive an overall technical rating of “excellent,” making it the best-ranked small business vendor in the region, which consists of 13 states and Puerto Rico. According to EnviroSpark, this is because of the vast prior experience and successful past outcomes of its staff on pertinent initiatives. There was no better company for this project than EnviroSpark, which specializes in developing and deploying EV infrastructure. It goes without saying that EnviroSpark would state that in its press statement, but having GSA select it over the alternatives makes it worthwhile to mention here.
Aaron Luque, CEO of EnviroSpark, said it was an honor to be chosen to work on a project of this magnitude and stature. “I couldn’t be prouder of the EnviroSpark team; being selected the highest-rated firm among all the applications is certainly a credit to all of the hard work and dedication the EnviroSpark team has put in over the last 8 years.”
The “one-stop shop” program by GSA is intended to help the government fleet make the switch to an all-emissions-free fleet of vehicles. GSA established Design/Build and Construction Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts to facilitate the government-wide installation of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) at federal locations.
EnviroSpark co-founder and chief government affairs officer Stephanie Luque stated, “We are happy to be part of this governmental effort for improved EV infrastructure in the region and country. “We must first develop charging infrastructure in order to boost EV adoption rates and benefit from decreased carbon emissions. EnviroSpark is dedicated to achieving that goal, and we are pleased to be working with the GSA to provide EV access to government organizations.
In accordance with the contract, EnviroSpark will:
Installation of EVSE feasibility analyses, site evaluations Building and design-build coordination of utility company work Upgrades to the electric grid are necessary Services for site work (including trenching, bollards, signage, pavement markings, etc.) testing and putting into use of equipment EnviroSpark, a provider of turnkey electric vehicle solutions, has been chosen to execute a number of studies, tests, and inspections in order to plan, build, and implement infrastructure upgrades at federal agency locations throughout the area. Installing charging stations is part of this.
This is EnviroSpark’s first federal contract, however it currently manages more than 5500 charging stations for Electrify America, Georgia Power, Tesla, and local governments like cities and municipalities.
by the National Park Service, featured picture (Public Domain).
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