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US government buying up to 10,000 new hybrids

Move will save 1 million gallons of fuel per year and reduce environmental footprint of federal fleet.

By Douglas Newcomb Apr 25, 2013 10:13AM

2013 Malibu Eco. Photo by GM.To improve the overall fuel efficiency of U.S. government’s vehicle fleet, the Obama administration is directing federal agencies to buy up to new 10,000 hybrids.

The General Services Administration, the U.S. government’s purchasing agency, said this large expansion will save 1 million gallons of fuel per year throughout the life of the vehicles.

GSA will fund the incremental cost to replace eligible vehicles with new hybrid sedans for federal agencies that decide to participate in the program. GSA spokeswoman Jackeline Yvette Stewart-Johnson told MSN Autos that the vehicles available under the current fiscal year 2013 contract and offered through the initiative include the Ford C-Max, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Chevrolet Malibu Eco.

She added that the GSA fleet, which includes vehicles leased to various federal agencies, is currently made up of 10,672 hybrids, or 5.3 percent of all cars in federal fleets. In the last fiscal year, the GSA purchased just 919 hybrid vehicles.

“Providing a hybrid federal fleet is an essential part of the GSA's commitment to making government agencies as efficient and effective as possible,” GSA acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini, said in a statement. "At a time when government needs to make every tax dollar count, GSA is committed to creating more energy efficiency and cost-saving opportunities." He also said that the initiative will "reduce our environmental footprint."

The Interior Department will be the first to participate in the program and plans to replace up to 300 gasoline-powered vehicles -- almost a third of its fleet -- with new hybrids. 

"This is a simply a good business decision that will benefit not only our bottom line, but reduce our carbon emissions as well," Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told The Detroit News.

This move to make the U.S. government fleet more green follows an order issued by President Barack Obama in May 2011 for federal agencies to stop driving full-size sedans and SUVs unless "absolutely necessary." We wonder if that means the presidential limousine will be replaced by a Chevy Malibu Eco -- with the Secret Service following in Ford Fusion Hybrids.

[Source: The Detroit News]

Apr 25, 2013 5:28PM

Since it's our tax money that's buying these cars,lets forget about the Korean Hyundai and keep the money in this country!!


Apr 25, 2013 3:56PM
Your tax dollars at work...................
Apr 25, 2013 4:55PM

Well,  How about doing like the private sector.  Run them another year and restrict travel.   I wish I could afford a new fleet of tractor/trailers with better MPG.

On the other hand, much wiser than the Dodge Challengers, F-350's, and Suburban's that my state/county/city uses.

Apr 25, 2013 5:11PM
Ummmmm........actually a hybrid has a carbon larger foot print due to the mining and transportation of the hazardous battery materials they are made from.
Apr 25, 2013 5:28PM
This is one thing you can always expect to see..government employees riding around in new and very very late model vhicles on our dime. What brand they are is a moot point.
Apr 25, 2013 6:58PM

These hybrids cost more initially and are worth less when they trade them in. It's an established fact that they actually cost more than a comparable conventional car, regardless of gas savings.


Another waste of our tax dollars.

Apr 25, 2013 7:56PM
When and only when these so called "experts" gets their ever loving head out of their behinds I will start to believe.  But until then all the propaganda that is being shoved in our faces I do not believe, for I work at a company that does tests on these "news" vehicles.  What is being shown to the public isn't the real truth.
Apr 25, 2013 7:46PM
 I own a C-Max energi, it gets almost 60 MPG, has over a 600 mile range, is comfortable, powerful, and has a 10 year guarantee on the batteries. I'm not sending money to nations that wish to do us harm and I bought American. Sorry but you just can't argue with that.
Apr 25, 2013 9:01PM
What is not coming out of the tailpipe of a Hybrid or all electric vehicles, now comes out of the smoke stacks of power plants.  There is no free lunch here.
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