U.S. General Services Administration Plans to Purchase up to 10K Hybrid Vehicles
April 25, 2013 9:25 AM
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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.
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RE: Bet they'll all be SUV hybrids...
4/25/2013 2:33:22 PM
To be fair, 10k vehicles is a drop in the bucket compared to total vehicles. SUVs and trucks do make a big portion of the fleet. There are also hybrid SUVs and trucks you know.
RE: Bet they'll all be SUV hybrids...
4/25/2013 5:00:29 PM
Of course there are hybrid SUVs and trucks. I'm not sure what point you're trying to make. Trucks and SUVs cost more than cars. Truck and SUV hybrids cost more than car hybrids.
The OP said he thought the gov't would buy the biggest, heaviest hybrids - trucks/SUVs. You said no, because the gov't uses competitive analysis to pick from 3 different vendors.
I was pointing out that your retort doesn't contradict the OPs statement. You can both buy the biggest, heaviest, most expensive class of vehicles
competitively purchase them.
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