The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in the specific role of taking care of the federal government’s fleet vehicles, is looking to make more of them green in order to cut its carbon footprint as well as save a ton of money on gas. It recently announced plans to greatly increase the number of hybrids being driven by government employees to help achieve this.
The GSA said it aims to replace aging vehicles with up to 10,000 hybrids, resulting in what is said to be a “reduction of approximately 1,000,000 gallons of fuel per year for the life of these vehicles.” No specific details were mentioned around which auto manufacturers these vehicles would be purchased from, though our bet is on Ford and its diverse hybrid line up for a majority of them.
Currently, according to the Detroit News, the GSA fleet is made up of around 10,672 hybrids, or 5.3 percent. Pursuit of more environmentally friendly automobiles has been a slow development since President Obama first called for 1 million plug-in cars on the roads by 2015. Though we are not even close to being there (Germany may hit this by 2020 some say), there have been various other experiments to green more of the federal fleet, including an electric vehicle pilot program making use of cars from GM, Nissan and Think.
“Providing a hybrid federal fleet is an essential part of GSA’s commitment to making government agencies as efficient and effective as possible,” said GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini in a statement. “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.”