If the government wants us to save energy, the logical first step is to lead by example and improve the efficiency of its own operations. The federal vehicle fleet, the largest in the country, offers an obvious opportunity for big savings. Over the past two years, the General Services Administration (GSA) has doubled the number of hybrids in its fleet, which should save $116,000 in fuel costs each year. Now it’s looking ahead to the electric era.
This week, the GSA awarded electronics giant Siemens a contract to provide 20 level-two EV charging stations for Veterans Affairs facilities in California and Michigan. Siemens’ chargers offer cloud-based charging services via the ChargePoint Network, which automates payment processing and collects charging data. Mobile apps allow drivers to find charging stations, check availability and make reservations.
“Siemens is committed to helping the federal government achieve unprecedented levels of energy efficiency and independence, enhanced service to the citizens of this nation and a modernized infrastructure for today and the future,” said Siemens CEO Judy Marks. “The GSA award is proof positive of our commitment to providing smart, safe and simple infrastructure solutions to charge electric vehicles for the federal fleet.”