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President Obama stands in front of a Chevrolet Volt and a prototype Ford Focus Electric
Replacing some of the federal fleet with electric vehicles will reduce government fuel consumption by 7.7 million gallons

The Obama administration announced yesterday that it has instructed federal agencies to buy smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles in an effort to meet national energy and environmental goals.

U.S. Present Barack Obama is ordering government agencies to buy cars like the Ford Fiesta, Chevy Cruze and Chevy Volt instead of full-sized cars like the Ford Taurus or Chevy Impala. These instructions are aimed to reduce U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025 from 2008's import levels, and to place 1 million plug-in electric vehicles on the roads by 2015.

The U.S. government plans to buy 116 plug-in electric vehicles as part of its fleet efficiency effort. Of the 116 plug-in's, 101 will be Chevy Volts, which will be made in Detroit, while the other 15 will be battery electric Nissan Leafs and Think City electric models. These environmentally friendly models will join the government's 600,000-vehicle fleet.

There are exceptions to the rule, though. Obama noted in a memo that federal agencies are not to buy full-size sedans unless absolutely necessary, and said that government employees can continue using full-sized SUV's that can run on alternative fuels like E85. But those using larger vehicles six months from now will have to post that they do so on their websites. 

In addition, Obama suggested that optional equipment should be limited unless it is vital to agency missions. Exceptions will be made for vehicles used for military tactical operations, emergency response and law enforcement. 

The new electric vehicle pilot program will equip 20 government agencies in five cities with these vehicles. All branches of the U.S. military as well as the Energy Department and Veterans Administration will take part in the program, and the five chosen cities will be Detroit, Washington D.C., San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition, 100 charging stations will be placed at federal buildings in Michigan, California and Washington D.C.

The government hopes to encourage U.S. citizens to adopt environmentally friendly vehicles by leading by example. According to government estimates, replacing some of the government fleet with these electric vehicles will reduce government fuel consumption by 7.7 million gallons, which equates to 385,000 barrels of oil. Obama hopes to have most government vehicles purchased in 2015 be environmentally friendly vehicles.

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RE: "leading by example"
By nolisi on 5/25/2011 2:05:52 PM , Rating: 0
How does buying 116 EVs for a fleet of 600,000 constitute "leading by example?"

Talk about selective reading and reasoning.

1) the fleet of 600,000 already exists. Would you like the Federal government to replace a fleet of 600K cars all at once? They've been buying cars for years prior to this recent push for fuel effeciency. And guess what, the suppliers in the market probably could not meet the demand of the government to replace 600k cars.

2) 116 EV's are *part* of a push to increase fuel efficiency across the government fleet- another *part* of it is purchasing smaller vehicles instead of the typical full sized vehicles. The yearly purchase of vehicles will total roughly 65,000 cars/year. If they converted the spending from full sized vehicles to a combination of less expensive small and more expensive but efficient electric vehicles where possible in the already allocated budget I'm certain will likely reduce year over year government spending.

This is perfectly reasonable. But no, you're too busy hating anything democrat and democrat related to engage in the critical thinking and analysis process to come up with a reasonable opinion. You'd just rather come up with a line of snorts and grunts which really only translate to "I don't like democrats".

RE: "leading by example"
By MeesterNid on 5/25/2011 2:41:03 PM , Rating: 2
I think he was pointing out the irony in the fact that 116 EVs prompted the "leading by example" remark. Had it been somebody on the right doing something similar to Mr. Obama there would be hysterical laughter, mocking and criticism on a grand scale.

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