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S. 2193 (116th): CHARGE Act

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 16, 2020 (Passed Congress).

One Hundred Sixteenth Congress of the United States of America

2d Session

S. 2193



To require the Administrator of General Services to issue guidance to clarify that Federal agencies may pay by charge card for the charging of Federal electric motor vehicles, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Charging Helps Agencies Realize General Efficiencies Act or the CHARGE Act.


Payment by charge card for charging Federal electric motor vehicles



In this Act—


the term Administrator means the Administrator of General Services;


the term charge card


means a card, plate, coupon book, or other means existing for the purpose of obtaining money, property, labor, or services; and




a card issued under the GSA SmartPay program; and


a Fleet Services card;


the term covered electric motor vehicle means a passenger carrier that is—


a passenger motor vehicle; and


an electric motor vehicle;


the term electric motor vehicle has the meaning given the term in section 601 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (42 U.S.C. 13271);


the term electric motor vehicle charging station means a battery-charging station that permits the transfer of electric energy (by conductive or inductive means) to a battery or other storage device in an electric motor vehicle; and


the terms Federal agency and passenger carrier have the meanings given those terms in section 1344(h) of title 31, United States Code.



Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall issue guidance to clarify that each Federal agency may, in accordance with section 1344 of title 31, United States Code—


charge a covered electric motor vehicle at a commercial electric motor vehicle charging station; and


pay for a transaction described in paragraph (1) with a charge card.


Issuance of charge cards

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall issue to each Federal agency a charge card for each covered electric motor vehicle of the Federal agency that may be used by an officer or employee of the Federal agency to pay for charging the covered motor vehicle in accordance with the guidance issued under subsection (b).

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate