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GSA plans to add 10,000 hybrid cars to federal fleet

Apr. 22, 2013 - 05:26PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
GSA currently has 10,672 hybrids in its fleet.
GSA currently has 10,672 hybrids in its fleet. (Army)

The General Services Administration plans to add up to 10,000 hybrid cars to its fleet — effectively doubling the number — in an attempt to get agencies to replace conventional vehicles with more fuel-efficient ones.

Acting administrator Dan Tangherlini announced Monday that agencies will be able to lease the new hybrid vehicles at the same cost as conventional vehicles if they join GSA’s fleet management system.

If all 10,000 hybrids are leased, agencies will save a combined 1 million gallons of fuel a year, he said. The number of hybrids GSA acquires will be determined by demand from customer agencies, Tangherlini said.

GSA currently has 10,672 hybrids in its fleet.

“Providing a hybrid federal fleet is an essential part of GSA’s commitment to making government agencies as efficient and effective as possible,” Tangherlini said.

GSA is able to lower its lease rate for the hybrids because of better-than-usual sales of its used vehicles that allow the agency to offset the higher cost of acquiring the hybrids.

Driving hybrids will also help agencies meet greenhouse gas reduction goals, Tangherlini said. A 2009 executive order set specific targets for reducing direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. The White House pledged that the government overall will reduce direct emissions — such as those generated by federal cars and buildings — by 28 percent below 2008 levels. Indirect emissions — such as those caused by employee business travel and commuting to work — must be cut 13 percent.

“We are going to do everything we can to help agencies meet their greenhouse gas reduction goals,” Tangherlini said.

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