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: Mr. Sequester, Meet Mr. Green
4/29/2013 8:00:05 AM
Depends upon the specific government agency. GSA vehicles are purchased by GSA, then leased to other government agencies for X amount of time. I'd be surprised to see a GSA leased vehicle last more than 5-6 years, though.
If you're talking fleet vehicles, I know that the Navy generally held onto vehicles for 7 years, regardless of mileage. The Air Force, on the other hand, oftentimes has 20 year old vehicles in their "blue fleet" inventory. Sometimes even older.
The interesting information would be to find out how the savings of buying & operating hybrids would compare to buying and driving lower priced small cars with 30-something MPG ratings. Let's just hope the government doesn't decide to buy a bunch of high priced Chevy Volts!
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