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U S Government Cuts Fuel Expenses Using Green Vehicles

May 17th, 2011 · No Comments

US government is the biggest consumer of oil in the world. U S government cuts fuel expenses using green vehicles.┬áPresident Obama signed an executive order aimed at decreasing the U.S. government’s fuel consumption by as much as 30 percent in 2020.


President Obama checking out a Chevrolet Volt last summer.

The US government is the world’s single largest buyer of vehicles, purchasing 60,000 new units every year. It is also the biggest consumer of oil in the world.

Any savings derived from improved efficiencies is quite significant simply because of the federal government fleet’s sheer size. In 2009, President Obama signed an executive order aimed at decreasing the U.S. government’s fuel consumption by as much as 30 percent in 2020. Thanks to a sustained focus on high fuel efficiency advanced technology vehicles, the government is likely to reach it target.

The Government Services Administration (GSA) — the agency responsible for purchasing vehicles for the different federal agencies and armed services — has recently announced that the new batch of vehicles bought so far this year consume 21 percent less gas than the cars they replaced. The average mileage has gone up to 23.4 mpg from last year’s 19.1 due to the introduction of highly efficient models and advanced technology vehicles.

The GSA has replaced 35,000 vehicles so far this year with 22,000 of those replacements classified as advanced technology vehicles (EVs, hybrids, fuel cell vehicles and E85 vehicles). This has directly resulted in the reduction of the fed’s cummulative fuel consumption by 22.5 percent compared to 2005, which is the baseline year.

The 23.4 mpg figure seems ridiculously low considering that advanced technology vehicles can run at 30-45 mpg. However, this average has been brought down because the fleet includes military vehicles (tanks, armored personnel carriers) and heavy delivery vehicles with very low fuel efficiency.

At a time, when we’re all focused on the the federal government’s deficit and expenditures this initiative has gone under the radar, for the most part. It is estimated that the new cars will save U.S. taxpayers $9 million every year (equivalent to 2.4 million gallons of fuel.

via Eco Geek
Photo: Auto Week

Tags: Clean Technology