WASHINGTON — The government is adding some electric cars to its fleet.
For the first time, the General Services Administration has asked automakers to submit bids to supply about 100 electric cars.
The request was part of an Obama administration plan outlined earlier this year to boost the number of green vehicles used by federal workers on the job.
Government fleet operators say it will let them learn how federal agencies can best use the vehicles. The bulk buying is happening as automakers release mass-produced plug-in electric hybrid vehicles and electric cars later this year.
Several automakers are expected to submit bids and the vehicles could begin appearing in the fleet next spring.