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The GSA plans to replace aging vehicle fleet with hybrids

The United States General Services Administration (GSA) has announced a new Fleet consolidation initiative. The goal of this initiative is to replace a huge number of the federal government's existing vehicle fleet with new and more fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles. Up to 10,000 new hybrid vehicles would be purchased under this initiative.

The GSA says that it can reduce fuel consumption per year for the life of these vehicles by 1,000,000 gallons and that there will be significant savings earned through improved fuel efficiency.


2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

“Providing a hybrid federal fleet is an essential part of 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.”

The initiative allows federal agencies to choose whether or not to participate in the program. If the agency chooses to participate, the GSA will fund the total incremental cost to replace eligible consolidated vehicles with new hybrid vehicles. Federal agencies that consolidate their fleets with GSA Fleet will also receive fleet management services including vehicle acquisition and disposal, maintenance control, and accident management.
 
However, the GSA does charge a monthly rate for the services.

Source: GSA



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RE: Mr. Sequester, Meet Mr. Green
By nafhan on 4/25/2013 5:57:32 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed that my conspiracy theory thing is likely incorrect. I would have just called it a theory if I thought I was right. :)

I disagree, at least in regards to the Fusion, that the hybrids are just an excuse to spend more money, though. The price difference is low enough that they may actually save some money on gas over the life of the vehicle at current gas prices. In fact, I think this is likely. This would not generally have been true of hybrids even a few years ago.


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