On Monday, April 22, the U.S. General Services Administration’s acting administrator, Dan Tangherlini, announced a new fleet consolidation initiative to grant federal agencies the opportunity to replace their aging fleet with hybrid vehicles. As part of the initiative, the GSA plans to expand their fleet by up to 10,000 hybrid vehicles. According the MSN Autos, the initiative will include the Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Ford C-Max, Ford Fusion Hybrid, and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
Through the initiative, U.S. agencies that utilize the GSA’s fleet services will have the opportunity to lease these new hybrid vehicles at the same cost as a comparable non-hybrid vehicle.
Currently, the GSA fleet includes approximately 200,000 cars and trucks, with hybrids comprising roughly 5.3% of this number. The GSA currently operates 10,672 hybrids. The majority of these vehicles were purchased last year.
Through the GSA’s new initiative, U.S. agencies will be given the opportunity to lease hybrid vehicles (like the Chevrolet Malibu Eco pictured above) at the same cost as a comparable non-hybrid vehicle. Credit: NAFTC.
The GSA claims that the program will help reduce approximately 1,000,000 gallons of fuel per year over the life of these vehicles.
“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, commenting on the initiative. “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 first U.S. agency to participate in the program will be the U.S. Department of the Interior. The department will replace up to 300 of its gasoline and alternative fuel vehicles with hybrids.