U.S. President Joe Biden has some big plans to help the United States Government become carbon neutral. However, big plans in huge organizations are not easily implemented from the top down. President Biden made an executive order to convert the automobile fleet of every U.S. Federal Government agency to electric by 2027. However, only 13% of the vehicles purchased by the U.S. Federal Government in 2022 were electric vehicles (EVs).
This is partly because not all the EVs on the market currently meet the needs of the U.S. Federal Government. The U.S. Park, Forest, and Fish & Wildlife services need heavy duty, all terrain vehicles and not all EV manufacturers are making those yet. But with only 13% of fiscal year 2022 vehicle replacements being EVs, perhaps some U.S. government offices didn’t get the memo about the U.S. government’s 2027 EV goal?
Not all government vehicle purchase decisions are made from the top down. Federal law enforcement field offices, regional agency offices, and many embassies and consulates make decisions about vehicle replacement and vehicle purchases locally. Remind any of your 2 million+ friends in the U.S. federal government that there is an executive order to have an all EV fleet by 2027. They might know decision makers at their regional office, embassy, or consulate.
Organizational change can come from the top down, but needs help from the bottom up to stay on track.