US government purchasing more hybrids

Many corporate and municipal fleets have begun investing in route planning software to enjoy lower operational expenses, but some are looking to further cut costs by purchasing hybrid vehicles to replace older, less fuel-efficient cars and trucks. One of the latest bodies interested in purchasing more gas-friendly cars to enhance its fleet and save on fuel expenses is the federal government.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has announced it will increase the number of hybrids in its fleet, adding as many as 10,000 new vehicles. The agency already has a fleet that consists of nearly 10,700 hybrids. The Interior Department will be the first to participate in the program, and will soon replace 300 of its older vehicles with new, more fuel-efficient models to limit expenses.

Multiple benefits to the new plan
This move will help the federal government save money on fuel, an important initiative considering the number of people concerned about excess spending and the national debt. The GSA anticipates replacing more of its fleet with hybrids will save an additional 1 million gallons of fuel per year over the lifespan of the cars. This will not only result in significant operational spending decreases, it will also further strengthen the government's commitment to alternative energy and sustainability.

"Providing a hybrid federal fleet is an essential part of GSA's commitment to making government agencies as efficient and effective as possible," said Dan Tangherlini, GSA acting administrator. "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."