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Later today, the Obama administration is expected to announce that it will purchase 116 plug-in vehicles and will install charging stations in government buildings in five cities.

The General Services Administration (GSA), which oversees two-thirds of the 600,000-plus vehicles in the U.S. government's fleet, is putting the final touches on its first 100-unit purchase of electric vehicles, according to a U.S. Department of Energy official. Patrick Davis, the DOE's vehicle technologies program director, told a Senate panel that: