Former GSA administrator Martha Johnson said the Chevy Volt would save millions in a May 2011 speech on the government purchase of electric vehicles, the Washington Examiner reports:
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In this 2011 video filmed by the GSA, Johnson proudly delivers a set of keys to a brand new Chevy Volt to Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
Johnson resigned earlier this month, after reports of lavish spending at a Las Vegas conference for the GSA. In March, GM halted production of the Volt for a period of five weeks, due to lagging sales despite large subsidies and consumer incentives.
VOICE OVER: U.S. General Services Administration launched the first ever government-elected vehicle program. This initial federal fleet purchase of electric cars will support the new and growing EV market.
MARTHA JOHNSON: This is the first of many sets of keys that will be delivered to the Department of Energy and other agencies that will help save millions of dollars and set a course for a sustainable federal fleet.
VOICE OVER: At the pilot program launch, GSA administrator Martha Johnson handed the first set of keys to a Chevy Volt to Energy Sec. Steven Chu.
SEC. STEVEN CHU: Together we can help meet President Obama’s bold but achievable vehicle goals. We can become the first country to put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.