Federal government to buy 5,600 hybrid vehicles
The federal government’s fleet of vehicles is about to get a little greener.
The General Services Administration -- essentially the government's personal shopper -- said Wednesday that it will buy about 5,600 hybrid vehicles this spring as part of its annual purchasing budget. The vehicles will be delivered within 90 days of arrival to federal agencies that need them, a spokeswoman said.
The buy doubles the federal hybrid fleet to more than 11,100 hybrid cars and trucks. GSA said it also plans to buy about 100 plug-in hybrid vehicles in fiscal 2011.
The new vehicles replace older, less eco-friendly models, meaning no net growth for the fleet, GSA said. In addition to taxpayer funds earmarked for the purchases, GSA uses proceeds from the sale of its older vehicles to fund the buys, the agency said.
Hybrid vehicles are powered by a gas-powered engine and a battery charged by the engine or special braking. Plug-in hybrids are charged by plugging the vehicle into an electrical charging station, often a wall electrical outlet. GSA and Energy Department officials estimate that the use of hybrids will save a projected 7.7 million gallons of gasoline over five years.
GSA spent nearly $300 million in economic stimulus dollars last year to buy more than 17,000 fuel efficient vehicles to replace older models. That was followed by an executive order signed last fall by President Obama that ordered the government to reduce its gasoline use by 30 percent by 2020.
| March 31, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
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