U.S. government requests bids for 100 EVs, Chevrolet Volt may be a possibility

President Barack Obama test drives 2011 Chevrolet Volt

About a year ago, President Barack Obama called on government agencies to reduce their overall greenhouse gas emissions. According to Sahar Wali, an associate administrator for communications at the General Services Administration, the agency, which manages more than 650,000 federal vehicles, has put in a request for bids on a fleet of 100 electric-vehicles for the U.S. government.

The first-stage of that process will close on Oct. 21 and contracts will be awarded after a 45-day evaluation period. Deliveries to the government will begin “depending on how quickly the industry can produce the cars.”

While the government isn’t saying which electric-vehicle it will buy, Mike McQuary, CEO of Wheego, a firm that produces Smart ForTwo car sized electric-vehicles, says that President Obama made a promise that he would buy the 100 EVs from the first American company to start selling battery cars.

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“Yes,” said Mr. McQuary. “If President Obama was serious, then the White House should be buying 100 Wheego LiFes next month.”

Of course, we still have the Chevrolet Volt as a front-runner but Nissan’s LEAF won’t make it since it will be built in Japan for the first batch of deliveries shipped to the United States.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: NYT Wheels (via AllCarsElectric)