US Federal Fleet to Be Expanded With 10,000 Hybrids image

Part of its plan to reduce the fuel use, the Obama administration will help federal agencies buy 10,000 hybrid vehicles.

According to the General Services Administration the federal fleet will be expanded with 10,000 hybrid vehicles, a move which is expected to save up to 1 million gallons of fuel annually for the life of these cars. GSA is willing to pay for the replacement of eligible vehicles with hybrid ones, if agencies will participate to this program.

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

Currently, hybrids account for 5.3% of GSA’s fleet or 10,672 vehicles. Over the past fiscal year ending March the administration bought 919 hybrids for its leasing customers. The first to take part at this program will be the Interior Department, which will replace with hybrids 300 gasoline and alternative-fueled vehicles, almost a third of its fleet.

Source: The Detroit News