The Obama Administration has met its goal to invest $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on fuel-efficient vehicles for the federal fleet. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that it has ordered :
· 3,100 fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles for $77 million;
· 14,105 fuel-efficient vehicles including alternative-fuel and hybrid vehicles, for $210 million; and
· 35 hybrid electric buses, and one hybrid electric car for $12.4 million.
Most of the new vehicles will be in use by the end of this month, replacing older, less-efficient models in the federal fleet. By increasing the fuel efficiency of its fleet, the new vehicles will save an estimated 16.7 million gallons of fuel over the next seven years, which translates to 334 million less pounds of greenhouse gases emitted and a savings to taxpayers of at least $40 million in fuel costs.