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DeSantis vetoes bill that made it easier for state agencies to buy electric cars

He did not say why he vetoed the measure.
 
An electric car and a plug-in hybrid car charge at a public charging station on Oct. 12, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.
An electric car and a plug-in hybrid car charge at a public charging station on Oct. 12, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. [ SEAN GALLUP | Getty Images North America ]
Published June 28, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday vetoed a bill that could have made it easier for officials to choose electric cars when buying vehicles for government fleets.

The bill (SB 284) would have directed officials making decisions about buying government vehicles to consider the “lowest lifetime ownership costs,” including costs for fuel and maintenance.

Also, the measure, which was approved 115-1 in the House and 38-0 in the House, would have directed the Department of Management Services to make recommendations to state agencies about buying electric vehicles, natural gas-fueled vehicles and other types of vehicles powered by renewable energy.

DeSantis did not detail a reason for the veto.