The federal government plans to update its fleet with fuel-efficient hybrids and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

President Obama made the announcement on March 31 that U.S. General Services Administration will replace 5,603 of the fleet’s least fuel-efficient cars and trucks with fuel-efficient hybrids, doubling the number of hybrids without increasing the total number of vehicles.

In addition, GSA is dedicated to buying approximately 100 plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2011, a commitment that will result in increased fuel efficiency as well as a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions and other forms of air pollution.

DOE will lead this initiative by replacing 753 vehicles with hybrids this year, an action that will bring the total number of DOE hybrid vehicles to 888, even as the agency trims the overall size of its vehicle fleet. These steps are part of a widespread effort to implement President Obama’s October 2009 Executive Order, which calls for federal agencies to cut the government’s fleet petroleum use by 30 percent by 2020.

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The U.S. General Services Administration will buy 100 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in 2011 as part of President Obama’s plan to double the number of hybrids in the government’s fleet. Credit: NREL

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