The US government is cleaning up its energy usage, both to save money and to encourage high-tech manufacturing. The feds have plans to cut government petroleum consumption by 30 percent. Part of that involves the Electric Vehicle Pilot Program (EVPP), a targeted investment to incorporate EVs and charging infrastructure into federal vehicle fleets. The EVPP already has 60 charging stations installed in five cities.
This week, industrial giant Eaton Corporation announced that it will supply various federal agencies with EV charging stations and related services, through a General Services Administration (GSA) contract awarded to Autoflex, Inc. Eaton and veteran-owned AutoFlex will partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs to create VETCARS, a pilot program that will train veterans to install and service EV charging infrastructure and maintain advanced battery technology.
“This is an excellent example of how the public and private sectors can collaborate to enhance the government’s sustainability efforts,” said Eaton’s Jim Dankowski. “The Electric Vehicle Pilot Program will also help stimulate small businesses and provide returning veterans with jobs in communities across the country.”
“Our collaboration with Eaton positions our team to assist the government in achieving their internal sustainability goals while setting a precedent for the general public and creating global awareness for the fleet capability of alternative-fueled vehicles,” said Luis MacDonald, president of AutoFlex.