Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Government Vehicle Fleet Going Green

The largest vehicle fleet in the country is owned and operated by the U.S. government. For the first time ever, electric vehicles will be added to the fleet used by government agencies across the nation. The Electric Vehicle Pilot Program was launched by the General Services Administration which purchases vehicles for federal agencies. The plan includes buying 116 plug-in electric cars and installing 100 car-charging stations at federal buildings in five cities.

The cars include 101 Chevrolet Volts, 10 Nissan Leafs and 5 THINK city electric vehicles. Together the EVs will save 29,000 gallons of gas, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 260 tons and save taxpayers more than 109,000 dollars a year. The electric cars will be placed with 20 government agencies in five cities including Detroit, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Fransisco and San Diego.

President Obama also announced this week he wants all federal agencies to buy more small and fuel efficient vehicles and that large size sedans should only be used when absolutely necessary. Obama wants the government to lead by example in his goal of reducing oil-imports by a third by 2025 and having one million plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

Over the past two years, the General Services Administration bought purchased vehicles that were, on average, 25 percent more fuel-efficient than the vehicles they replaced. Last year alone the GSA doubled the amount of hybrid vehicles in the federal fleet without increasing the number of government cars.

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