As the U.S. Forest Service begins to the process of transitioning over to electric vehicles, the agency is testing Ford’s F-150 Lightning as a potential option to replace fossil-fuel powered vehicles that are sometimes required to reach rugged off-road terrain.
The Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public lands in national forests and grasslands across the country, an area roughly the size of Texas. Their testing of electric trucks is part of the Biden administration’s efforts to lead by example on clean energy. Last year, President Biden ordered that all new federal agency light-duty vehicle acquisitions be zero-emissions vehicles starting in 2027, with all other vehicle types following suit by 2035.
“From announcing building performance standards for federal buildings to rolling out electric trucks for the Forest Service, this administration is walking the walk on clean energy,” said Johanna Neumann, Senior Director of Environment America Research & Policy Center’s Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy. “With many clean energy tax credits going into effect in 2023, American households and businesses are well positioned to build off the federal government’s leadership and make their own moves to use energy more wisely and cut pollution.”