D.C. to get electric cars, charging stations in Obama plan

Although they probably won't get any all-electric Teslas, D.C. and four other cities will be given electric vehicles in the Obama plan. Above: the Tesla Model S. Photo: Tesla Motors

WASHINGTON (AP) - To boost use of electric vehicles, the Obama administration is installing charging stations for government vehicles in five cities, including Washington and Detroit.

The General Services Administration plans to buy 116 plug-in electric vehicles, including 101 Chevrolet Volts, and will assign them to government agencies in five cities: Washington, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu and other officials were set to announce the purchase Tuesday, as well as a directive from President Barack Obama ordering the government to purchase only fuel efficient cars and trucks by 2015.

The president has called for a one-third reduction in U.S. oil imports by 2025 and wants to put 1 million plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2015.