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October 07, 2009

Obama Administration Invests $300 Million in a Green Federal Fleet

The Obama Administration has met a goal to invest $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in more fuel-efficient vehicles for the federal fleet. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced on October 1 that it met the goal of purchasing the new vehicles in fiscal year 2009, which came to a close on September 30. The GSA started by ordering 3,100 fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles on April 1 for $77 million, then ordered an additional 14,105 fuel-efficient vehicles on June 1, including a variety of alternative-fuel and hybrid vehicles, for $210 million. In its final wave of purchasing, the GSA bought five compressed natural gas buses, 35 hybrid electric buses, and one hybrid electric car for $12.4 million, bringing the total to $300 million. Of the 17,246 vehicles, ordered from six manufacturers, most will be delivered by the end of October. Only the newly ordered buses will take longer, arriving in the third quarter of 2010.

GSA will use the new vehicles to replace older, less-efficient models in the federal fleet. Each new replacement vehicle will have a higher miles-per-gallon rating than the one it replaces. By increasing fuel efficiency, the Recovery Act vehicles will save an estimated 16.7 million gallons of fuel over the next seven years, preventing the emission of 334 million pounds of greenhouse gases and saving taxpayers at least $40 million in fuel costs. As the older vehicles being replaced are sold, the money from the sales will be used to make additional investments toward greening the federal fleet. See the GSA press release.