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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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Pay Off?
By ebakke on 4/25/2013 11:28:09 AM , Rating: 2
Any one have any idea how long the feds typically keep a vehicle? My perception is that they have new(er) vehicles, and that they potentially lease them instead of buying. Either way, they seem to get replaced rather quickly. I've certainly never seen a gov't plate on a rusted-out junker.

The point I'm getting at is this: will they keep it long enough to see a ROI on the higher entry cost of the hybrid?




RE: Pay Off?
By BRB29 on 4/25/2013 2:54:00 PM , Rating: 2
You keep posting nonsense. Vehicles are paid by each agency, not GSA. Each vehicle is kept until that agency decides to replace it. I've seen vehicles that are almost 20 years old until it gets replaced to vehicles that got replaced in just 5 years. It depends on the needs and funding of that organization.

I've never seen the government lease any vehicles. They've always bought it on a mass contract. Automakers like Ford, GM, Chrysler would sell special stripped down versions of a vehicle to the government to keep cost down. Yes I've driven stripped down colorado that has no power anything, no CD player, etc... nothing at all besides its function as a small truck. You won't find these vehicles for consumer sales unless the government sell them after they are done.

As for ROI, it's variable. I've seen some vehicles hit 100k in 2 years while others take 10 years to get 25k miles. Of course the idea is to replace it where it is most effective.

Of course you won't see a rusted out junker, it's because it has to be maintained on a very regular basis. Usually, it's taken in for inspection once a month. In places where it's rarely used then it's less often. It also gets washed and cleaned pretty often as each use is logged. If I get into a muddy vehicle, I will check who was the last person who used it without cleaning it and blast them. That's just a bad human being. The vehicles are shared and it's usually a someone with a high paygrade and supervisor/management position to be responsible for them.


RE: Pay Off?
By ebakke on 4/25/2013 5:03:23 PM , Rating: 1
See you provided a bunch of useful information and helpful answers to my questions. But I almost didn't read it because you started off being an asshole.


RE: Pay Off?
By Omega215D on 4/26/2013 2:22:32 AM , Rating: 2
Really? I still see quite a few agencies still using mid 90s early 2000s Chevy Capris, Impalas, Ford Crown Vics, Ford Explorers and GMC Suburbans. Some of the newer cars are hybrids or compressed natural gas.

Just recently the NYPD and other agencies started receiving Ford Fusion hybrids and Chevy Cobalts and a couple of Volts.


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