• Jun 11, 2009
Completing the Obama Administration's plan to replace its fleet of government vehicles with newer, more efficient vehicles, the U.S. General Services Administration is reporting a purchase of roughly $210 million worth of new vehicles from Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.

Of the three American automakers, Ford was the clear winner of government funds with a total of 7,924 Blue Ovals bought and paid for at a total of $129 million (about $16,280 per car). GM was well represented too with the Fed's $105 million outlay bringing in a total of 6,348 cars (about $16,540 per car). Chrysler held up the rear with a total of 2,933 vehicles purchased for $53 million (about $18,070 per car).

Though the breakdown of actual models purchased has yet to be released, the GSA says each of the new vehicles will replace a fully operational older vehicle that was ready to be retired. To qualify for the program, the new vehicle needed to achieve better fuel efficiency than the car it replaces. In other words, we can only assume that the old fleet of Crown Vics are being turned over with new Fusions or maybe even Focuses.

Soon, the GSA plans to complete its spending ways by investing another $15 million on a new fleet of advanced technology buses and electric vehicles. See the official press release after the break.

[Source: General Services Administration | Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images]

PRESS RELEASE:

GSA Orders $210 Million Worth of Fuel Efficient Vehicles

WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration is one step closer to fulfilling its responsibilities outlined in President Obama's economic recovery legislation. On June 1, 2009, the agency ordered 14,105 fuel efficient vehicles for the Federal fleet using $210 million of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

This brings the total number of fuel efficient vehicles ordered by GSA using ARRA funds to 17,205 at a cost of $287 million. The breakdown includes:

2,933 Chrysler vehicles for $53 million;
7,924 Ford vehicles for $129 million; and
6,348 General Motors vehicles for $105 million.

"This order represents just one of the multiple ways we are helping our customers meet their economic recovery and green government initiatives," said Acting Administrator Paul F. Prouty.

On April 9, 2009, GSA announced that by June 1, 2009, it would spend about $285 million in ARRA funds for commercially available fuel efficient vehicles. On April 14, 2009, GSA ordered 3,100 fuel efficient hybrid vehicles, worth $77 million. By September 30, 2009, GSA will order $15 million worth of advanced technology buses and electric vehicles for use in the Federal fleet.

"GSA is committed to spending Recovery dollars quickly and wisely," said Commissioner James A. Williams of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. "Simultaneously, we are focused on acquiring vehicles that will provide long-term environmental benefits and savings by increasing the fuel efficiency of the Federal fleet."

Each new fuel efficient vehicle replaces, on a one-for-one basis, operational motor vehicles in the federal inventory that met replacement standards. Each new vehicle will have a higher miles-per-gallon (MPG) rating than the one it replaces.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Good. This is why those who say that the government taking a stake in GM or Chrysler are wrong; it does support those who do better in the marketplace, even if it owns competitors.
      wordprof
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mike is a true 14-year-old cretin. He not only has Obama's considerable socialistic, totalitarian back, but he also complains about someone's spelling when he can't even spell ideology.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did someone tell Ford they SAID they were not going to continue this fleet dumping practice?

      Oh well, even the Government must pass up the better cars for the cheaper ones.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the government should include Toyotas and Hondas in there fleet, since most of their cars are manufactured in the U.S. by American workers too!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Honda makes most of the cars they sell in the US in the US, Toyota doesn't. I define most as >50%.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Until the engineering, R&D, Design, and bulk of the white collar jobs at Toyota and Honda are also in the USA then assembled in the USA, even assembled in the usa with many parts made in the usa, still doesn't interest me. the development of better technologies, materials, powertrains etc... is still somewhere else. We need to develope these technologies in the USA with American engineers, otherwise we stagnate and get further behind.

        assembling in the USA is only a small part of the total equation.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you missed the point of buying "Ameri.... oh. Touche.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol @ 'most'

        The general public isn't this stupid is it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Chet, yes.

        Several news agencies took a Japanese Auto Manufacturers Association press released filled with induendo and stretching of the truth and put their reporter's bylines on them. That's what passes for fact checking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If he means most of all the cars they sell worldwide, he's of course wrong. But, however, most of the Toyotas & Hondas currently sold in the US are manufactured in the US. I think that's the figure that should matter in this debate. I don't really have an opinion on whether or not Hondas & Toyotas should be included in US government fleets though... doesn't matter to me either way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do they qualify for the "Cash for Clunkers" program?
        • 5 Years Ago
        hahaha

        it would be a typical use of government money and bureaucracy
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was hoping the gap between the amounts spent on Ford and GM vehicles would be a little larger, deservedly so. But it's still nice to see that Ford came out on top.

      If anybody of you conservative 'Obama Motors' whack jobs needed an indication that the government isn't going to give GM special treatment due to its stake in the company, you just got it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey Dave still bitter about Lincoln and that "freeing the slaves" thing?

        Seriously dude.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you're an ultraconservative republican, you're a redneck. Plain and simple.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @David: Um, by being better than 'the government'? You conservatives love to use the Post Office as an example of government incompetence--there are things that FedEx and UPS clearly do better. So what, really, does Ford have to worry about since it's 'Guv'mint Motors' now, right? Stay on message much?

        Looks like someone skipped that particular episode of Boss Limbaugh's show. lol

        • 5 Years Ago
        you and obama can take yer government motors commie cars elsewhere and ima keep on drivin' this here good ol' american chevy with the rebel flag on this here back window.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Special treatment? How about dumping billions into the company as a 'loan' and then promptly forgiving that debt? It's a scam of enormous proportions. How is Ford supposed to compete against a company backed by the government?
      • 5 Years Ago
      good way to save GM. nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Federal Fleet!?!?!?!!?

      How in the F**K does the govt need this many cars?

      Can't government workers drive their own cars and get reimbursed for mileage like a regular business?

      Trucks and specialty vehicles are one thing, but a regular car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Government (or a business) can provide a stripper fleet car and a gas card to an employee a lot cheaper than 55 cents a mile.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would like to see a Ford Fusion police car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True
        • 5 Years Ago
        It might too small. A Taurus might be better for Police work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you're looking to buy a good first car for a new driver, or you are a new driver looking for a good first car, I HIGHLY recommend scooping up a government-owned Taurus, Impala, or Malibu with around 60-90k on the odo. They're dirt cheap and are almost always very well maintained. W-Body Impala's will last forever and are dirt cheap to insure, too. So much better than paying *more* for a Honda Civic or Accord that has 200,000 miles on it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to agree, i picked up a state owned Jeep Cherokee a few years back. It was bare bones but in excellent running condition and made for an awesome base to build an off-roader.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The government is by personal experience well aware of the coming federally imposed mediocrity that will result from GM's freshly stolen ownership and itself is avoiding these cars like the plague.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, I can never get enough of naive people who seriously believe money was "loaned" to GM and Chrysler. But hey, everyone is 14 once.

        I guess they also missed the part where much of GM's loan debt is already to be "forgiven."
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Get Out of here with your Idealogy"

        And your lousy spelling too!
        • 5 Years Ago
        After reading BrianFL's coment I have a feeling one day ppl will actually believe GM only has borrowed and paid back those 50b.
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