U.S. Government Buys 116 Electric Cars

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The Obama administration has been a major booster of electric cars, and now it is putting its money where its mouth is -- it is buying 116 electric cars.

The administration announced on Tuesday that it will buy 101 Chevrolet Volts, 10 Nissan Leafs and five Think City EV cars. It is the government's first purchase of electric cars.

In addition, it will install 100 car-charging stations in five cities: Washington, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

"Diversifying our transportation fleet with hybrids, electric vehicles and other alternative fuel vehicles is a critical element in President Obama's long-term plan to break our dependence on foreign oil and invest in America's growing clean energy economy," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said at a news conference.

The 116 cars represent a tiny fraction of the 600,000 cars in the federal fleet, but Chu said it is an important symbol to show the commitment towards a new future of transportation.

President Obama has called for a reducing oil imports by a third by 2025, and wants to put one million plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

The charging stations will cost $500,000, which will be offset by saving $116,000 per year in gasoline for the electric cars.

The cars will be delivered early next year.

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