• Apr 1, 2010
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In an effort to make the government's fleet of vehicles more green, the Obama administration has reportedly announced plans to add more hybrids this year followed by plug-in hybrids next year. The plan should double the number of hybrids in the government's fleet, a step towards achieving its goal of reducing fleet petroleum use by 30 percent by 2020.

The new plan involves purchasing 100 plug-in vehicles by the end of next year, and the front-runner is the Chevrolet Volt. According to Ward's Auto, the White House has announced that the government will purchase the first 100 Chevy Volts to roll off the assembly line later this year. The government is also considering adding the plug-in hybrid electric Dodge Ram to its fleet, though how many units it's considering has not been released.

Whether or not the Volt and PHEV Ram are being considered because the government just happens to be part owner of their parent companies remains to be seen, but we haven't heard mention of the excellent Ford Fusion Hybrid.

UPDATE: GM has officially responded to the government suggesting that the first 100 Volts will end up in government fleets by stating,

We are pleased to see that the Federal government is interested in the greening of their vehicle fleet. Media speculation has led to reports that the GSA and DOE will be buying the first 100 Chevrolet Volt's because we will meet this criteria. At this time we have no further details regarding these purchases.



[Source: Ward's Auto]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The government buying from the government.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Bloke: why would I be thankful? That's Keynesian economics man, how many times does it have to be disproved?"

        Had GM have allowed to go the way of the Dodo, what exactly do you think the economic impact would have been on various parts of the US where GM is vital to the local economy - such as north-eastern Ohio - and the US as a whole? Ponder about it for a sec and then ask me again.

        • 4 Years Ago
        "Bloke: GM is not trading. The Old GM was delisted, bankrupted and parts of it sold off or shut down, whilst retaining it's bad debt and obligations. The New GM (they are 2 different entities) is a private company not listed in an exchange. It will have an IPO at some point at which time it will be owned by shareholders."

        I didn't say it was a public company trading on the stock exchange. I said GM was trading - in other words, doing business with a view to making a profit. That said, I can see the confusion - "doing business as" in the US is the same as "trading as" in the UK. The "new" GM is not a separate entity to the GM which was bankrupted. It wasn't liquidated; the company was simply delisted to become a private company and the shares bought by nominated parties - primarily the US government trasury department. It was then substantially restructured, but it remains the same company. No new shares were actually issued.
        • 4 Years Ago
        wow bloke you're so smart and witty. you're talking about keynesian economics on autoblog, you must have a sky high IQ. like i said, no need to get offended and definitely no need to be a condescending charlatan.

        or are you just trying to compensate for a inferiority complex by trying to sound smart on autoblog?

        half the discussions you have on here are with yourself. if you feel so academically and intellectually superior go save the world or go run GM and AIG then and stop wasting your time on autoblog.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bloke: why would I be thankful? That's Keynesian economics man, how many times does it have to be disproved?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The government buying from the government."

        I hope they get a discount.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yah thats a deal....... Buy a $40K car when they should be saving money by buying Ford
        Fusion hybrids
        We got to get rid of these idiots
        • 4 Years Ago
        "p.s.
        take that stick out of your ass and learn how to take a joke."

        Right ... ok let's go back to your original comment: "no need to get offended, but who the hell on here gives a damn about keynesian economics?"

        Brilliant joke! Right. Meanwhile, back on Earth ...





        • 4 Years Ago
        "Bloke: GM is not trading. The Old GM was delisted, bankrupted and parts of it sold off or shut down, whilst retaining it's bad debt and obligations. The New GM (they are 2 different entities) is a private company not listed in an exchange. It will have an IPO at some point at which time it will be owned by shareholders."

        I didn't say it was a public company trading on the stock exchange. I said GM was trading - in other words, doing business with a view to making a profit. That said, I can see the confusion - "doing business as" in the US is the same as "trading as" in the UK. The "new" GM is not a separate entity to the GM which was bankrupted. It wasn't liquidated; the company was simply delisted to become a private company and the shares bought by nominated parties - primarily the US government treasury department. It was then substantially restructured, but it remains the same company. No new shares were actually issued.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol +1
        • 4 Years Ago
        Truly is Government Motors...
        • 4 Years Ago
        uhhh...well, if GM is truly on schedule for a june 2010 repayment, it will be the govt buying from just an automaker
        • 4 Years Ago
        As long as it benefits your domestic motor industry, who cares? Be thankful GM is still trading after years of making disastrous business decisions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        people talking about politics and economics on autoblog is always good for a laugh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree Bloke.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "people talking about politics and economics on autoblog is always good for a laugh."

        Given that both politics and economics can make or break a car manufacturer, I'm curious as to where you're laughing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        bloke

        you're being highly relative, economics and politics can make or break anything, from car manufacturers to entire nations.

        no need to get offended, but who the hell on here gives a damn about keynesian economics?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "or are you just trying to compensate for a inferiority complex by trying to sound smart on autoblog?"

        More psychological babble that Americans are obsessed with and no-one else in the world gives a toss about.

        "half the discussions you have on here are with yourself. if you feel so academically and intellectually superior go save the world or go run GM and AIG then and stop wasting your time on autoblog."

        You're right - it's pointless discussing anything on here with a bunch of kids who have yet to grow up and understand the real world. That accounts for the majority of quite unbelievable comments on here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bloke: GM is not trading. The Old GM was delisted, bankrupted and parts of it sold off or shut down, whilst retaining it's bad debt and obligations. The New GM (they are 2 different entities) is a private company not listed in an exchange. It will have an IPO at some point at which time it will be owned by shareholders.

        The new GM is doing surprisingly well. It is much smaller. Leaner. Focused.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With GM losing money (that's US Government/Taxpayer money) on every Volt they sell for "the forseeable future", I guess it is best losing government money providing a vehicle for the government...

      sounds a little contorted to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw a Chevy volt test mule parked outside the running fit in Novi, Michigan. the back seats were taken out and replaced with several electronic readers, there was another series of computers and meters in the front passenger seat, no paint, and the headlights weren't completed.


      I was not able to take any pictures as I had no picture phone/camera.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't help but remember the stories of "the U.S. Government pays $100 for hammers, and $500 for toilet seats."

      If the Government is buying from the Government (assuming they don't sell off the GM stock by then), are they going to pay $400,000 for a car that should cost $40,000?

      Can the Government also use up the "tax rebates" for buying a vehicle like this before the "average Joe" can get one?

      I remember seeing stories about Prius and Insight owners that were p-ed off because the tax incentives were all gone by the time they purchases their vehicles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        mfews6: Correction that was the US Air Force (government), that was a $635 hammer, and that was 1981. RONALD REGAN was the president. It happened, get over it, move on.

        We live in a very different world today, Lockheed Martin just got penalized $600+ million for cost over runs on a multi billion dollar military contract. Different world, Different President.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What you really need to ask is what the government is getting for our $40,000 that their spending. I mean look at the Volt. Cool car without a doubt, but if it weren't a funky electric car what would you pay for one? $16,000 $18,000? Let's just say they bought a $20,000 car that averages 26 MPG- with the $20,000 left over you can buy 156,000 miles worth of fuel at $3/gal. Sorry, but this is yet another case of butt-raping the taxpayer in the interest of propping up a feel-good technology.
        • 4 Years Ago
        turbomonkey2k,

        You hit the nail on the head. This is classic wasteful spending on the part of the Govt.....and, I might add, THIS administration. I'm sure, the payback is just not there to justify spending $40K each on a fleet of vehicles, where minimalist vehicles (yes, sans hybrid technology) would suffice. This is pure PR, nothing else. As a practicing Mech Engr, I have seen the "VooDoo" (no racial pun intended) economics employed by the Govt to justify utilizing technology that by standard means would never fly. I would love to see the Govt's justification for the purchase of these vehicles.....beyond just an Executive Order, that is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stop Wasting out tax dollars you government baffons.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it's great that the government is buying American vehicles! I also know that the only reason they are buying them is because they pretty much own these companies. I haven't heard them say anything about buying Ford vehicles, especially when they have the better products.
        • 4 Years Ago
        James, Ford makes a great product in the Fusion Hybrid, but it is a DIFFERENT product! The Volt is a plug-in with a gasoline engine for extended range. The Volt will go 40 miles on pure electric and you can plug it into the grid to recharge. Ford also does not make a hybrid truck.

        The Nissan Leaf is pure electric, like a Tesla or Mini E. Again, different from the Volt.

        As for the arguement of being cheaper vehicles that are pure gasoline; yes, it's cheaper on the initial capital outlay, but it does not address our need to reduce emissions and oil consumption. Lets pretend some extreme situation happens where fuel in the US has to be rationed (probably not that extreme in that it will happen at some point in the future, maybe 100 years from now): #1. gas will be really freakin expensive. #2. you won't care how much the initial cost of the vehicle is if it can't get you to where you need to go because it doesn't get good enough gas mileage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I may be logging in the wrong forest, but can't we all agree that regardless of the origin, more jobs in America is a good thing? Remember, a rising tide floats ALL boats. If GM can sell more Volts, regardless of the customer, it will benefit us all. Eventually, it will live or die on its own merits, so I would argue a 100 car fleet test with multiple drivers will give priceless feedback, especially when this will be an in-house deal, kind of like the old Plan A employee programs. I would also like to applaud the UAW and Ford for behaving as partners on the VEBA health care agreement. The union took what were essentially worthless warrants (at the time Ford stock was what, $2?) and recently turned them into almost $2 billion for future health care benefits. I hope that this will encourage the glass half full types to continue to expand their creative thinking and apply this lesson to the manufacturing and marketing departments. Co-operating, not confronting, is what we all need to do now. That, and somehow throw out the greed-heads who do nothing but exploit paper to line their pockets and buy $5000 shower curtains.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Once someone raises a stink about this you'll see the government "mention" looking at the Fusion and perhaps even the Leaf...but we all know who will eventually see the taxpayer dollars....Round and round it goes...WAJ...Washington needs a bloody enema...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wrong Springer, I wore the uniform and fought FOR this country, so that twerps like you are free to protest our government. I am not going anywhere SON.

        I understand the ROBBER BARONS railing against the government. However, it baffles me how you the common citizens who are repeatedly violated by these big companies, come to their defense.

        Ask General Electric when they are going to get all of the cancer causing toxins out of the Hudson River. ASK Ford, GM & Chrysler about all of the crap that they dumped into the great lakes. It took the GOVERNMENT. to put a stop to that practice.

        No, I don't think the Government is the answer to all that ails this country, but without a strong government, you might as well move to Somalia.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So, my mom made dinner, but I ring the neighbors' doorbell and ask for a snack? The government should show confidence in the companies that they essentially BOUGHT.

        Ford already has a presence on the Hybrid scene, GM & Chrysler, both have new products, they could use the leg up.

        Don't worry, the government already own quite a few Malibu, Prius and Escape hybrids.

        You a$$ clowns just MUST find something to cry about.


        I guess Americans like their government to be inept, bumbling good for nothing suits. Your beloved private sector has cut 8+ million jobs since 2000. No, is wasn't because there wasn't demand for goods. It was because they found cheaper labor in countries with GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE. They were the ones that created this mother-of-all-recessions. They were the root cause. Fewer paychecks = fewer purchases = fewer goods sold, fewer mortgages paid, more credit card defaults = other affected companies laying off workers etc.etc. Yes it was triggered by Wall St.

        No government intervention, and we would all be in a much deeper pile of crap.

        The CAPITALIST train jumped the tracks, and yes, it took the GOVERNMENT to Fix it.

        I didn't see any of the CAPITALISTS doing any of the heavy lifting when it comes to fixing the economy. Instead they sifted through the wreckage and STOLE from the casualties.



        • 4 Years Ago
        Just because you wore a uniform doesn't make you the arbritor of what is right and wrong...

        I GREW UP in the area that you refer to with GE and know first hand how poorly the GOVERNMENT handled that issue--especially considering much of the work done there was on BEHALF of the government.

        But now that you've lost the economics argument and have moved onto environmental issues its plain that you simply cannot grasp simple concepts and are like most on the internet, just spewing whatever it is that crosses your pea sized brain when confronted with a logical argument.

        I have a hard time believing you were ever employed by our government and suspect you're just a troll...so just go back under your bridge and leave the real thinking to the rest of us...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mythical programmer...

        You may want to step out of the "mythical" bit.

        Diplomacy has not even slowed Iran down. Sanctions have only hurt the Iranian people, not the iranian nuclear program. Get a clue.

        I hate OVER taxation, as should any responsible citizen.

        the roads I drive on look worse than the surface of the moon, yet the town, and the state are going broke, since they keep spending, and can't print money.

        The federal government CAN, and IS printing money, diluting every dollar that both you and I earn.

        And yet they are still 14 TRILLION DOLLARS in debt... to the point that they are starting to approach the limits of the cash reserves of other countries that are lending us that money.

        Once you wipe out the "bank" by over-use of credit, you can't even borrow anymore.

        Get a hint, and realize that this is serious stuff. It will impact you, and everyone else in fundamental ways. This isn't a frakking game.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @BoxerFantic

        "is doing nothing to curb nuclear development in Iran, or North Korea"

        Err yeah they are. It's called diplomacy what exactly do you want to do? The government is doing sanction and unilateral talks. We got 2 wars right now so what is the government suppose to do in your opinion? N.Korea is backed by China btw. Unless they attacked us or we have a really good reason China will step in. Iran is also backed by China and Russia just look at their stances in UN meeting involving Iran's Nuclear.

        I think either your bias bleeding into very little facts you have or you've been lied to.

        I also think you're hatred for tax is extreme. Just don't use the streets, police, public library, or etc.. then. Sheesh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who else would purchase a Volt instead a Leaf?hehehe only daddy government does such an absurd thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Our government would be less likely to buy from companies to whom they gave taxpayer funds. They would more likely buy from the Chinese (IF they offered cars here).
      • 4 Years Ago
      ahhh the perks of bailing out a company.
      • 4 Years Ago
      and whos paying for those..... we are, your welcome....
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