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