Not long after assuming office, President Joe Biden made quite an interesting remark. It reiterated the fact that the federal government fleet of vehicles is quite huge. Going by the recent statistics, the number stands at 645,047 vehicles. Most of them are trucks, including Ford F-150s and constructions vehicles. Others are armored vans strategically located near NASA launch pads for the sake of the astronauts” safety in the event that an emergency arises. Around a third of this fleet comprises of the U.S. Postal Service vans usually cube-like and white. There is also another third containing passenger government.
The bottom line is that the federal government fleet of vehicles is vast. So, what does it mean to the nation when the president says that the government will replace them with clean electric vehicles? First of all, it shows his commitment to ensuring that he deals with the climate change issue. It also means more job to the approximately 930,000 Americans working in the automating industry as per the Bureau of Labor Statistics data. After all, that transition would create 1 million jobs in this particular sector, according to Biden.
Looking at the matter from a different angle, one would argue that the government is simply trying to cut operation costs. After all, it is the same reason why most Americans have also shifted from gas vehicles to electric vehicles. According to AAA, buying an electric car means that the maintenance cost reduces significantly since the fuel they use is relatively cheap.
Others would see it as a way of shaping this country’s future political economy more than influencing the market today. Supposedly, it conveniently rewards two exciting groups. There are the young climate advocates and unions in the Up\per Midwest. To some, that’s quite a strategy from the Democrats. It is not the first time that the United States government is using its power to procure goods to impact new technologies by creating new markets. It is the same approach that saw the microprocessor industry grow to glory about five decades ago.
It sounds great, but the fact that it is not yet in writing leaves more questions than answers. When will it be implemented, and what are the details of the implementation once it commences. There was a plan to replace the gas-powered vehicles before Biden took over. So, will he stick to the program, or will he see it happen sooner? How long will it take to replace all the over six hundred thousand vehicles? Once such information is in the open, it will be easy to assess the impact the transition will have on the auto-making industry and climate.