A bipartisan group of U.S. senators recently proposed legislation intended to broadly address electric vehicle (EV) fleet management. The Strategic EV Management Act of 2022 would develop a plan to manage the growing federal EV fleet, particularly vehicle batteries.
The legislation would require the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to coordinate with the heads of agencies to devise a strategic plan for federal EV fleet battery management. The guidance will include instructions for optimal charging practices to increase battery longevity, as well as guidelines for reusing and recycling retired vehicle batteries. While developing the plan, the GSA and OMB may consult with the Secretary of Energy, scientists studying EV batteries, and industry experts.
In its most recent report, the GSA reported there were 3,170 EVs within the federal fleet of about 657,000 vehicles.
The bill was introduced to a Senate committee earlier this month.