The Obama administration made a big deal about how it had a long-term plan to green up the federal vehicle fleet back in early 2011. Even with that big target, the overall number of hybrids is going down. And, after spending time buying fuel-efficient US cars, the Obama administration has been turning more to hybrids from foreign automakers – just like the general public – rather than fuel sippers from Ford or General Motors.

According to a Bloomberg report that used data from the General Services Administration, the overall number of hybrid and electric vehicles the US government bought last year went down by a third to just 1,801 vehicles. Over half of them (54 percent) were from Hyundai, Toyota and Mitsubishi. The number one vehicle by volume? The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The US government also purchased vehicles like the Mitsubishi i and the Toyota Prius. Among US civilian buyers, Toyota claimed the four most popular hybrid spots and the Sonata was fifth.

The stated plan is for the Federal government to only buy alt-fuel vehicles by 2015, but the numbers and percentages of the fleet have been dropping. Bloomberg's numbers show that the Feds bought 8,139 alt-fuel vehicles in 2009, 6,467 in 2010 and then 2,645 in fiscal 2011. The early number were buoyed by stimulus spending.


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      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 1 Year Ago
      the numbers will reverse once american automakers have more competitive hybrids out there. the fact is that foreign companies have better hybrids.
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @H.E. Pennypacker
        Please explain to me how a Hyundai Hybrid is better than a Ford Hybrid..
      Online Mechanic
      • 1 Year Ago
      improving design from hyundai. nice
      ES'
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a nice Sedan!! :D i like the Hyundai Sonata
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      The "free hand" of the market, is not always an American hand. People are gonna complain either way.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It still pisses me off everytime I see "US Government" license plates on a South Korean built Hyundai. Just saw one today on my way to work. I can't get past the fact that we had to bail out American auto manufacturers and then our government turns to Korean cars for their fleet.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why WHY WHY is they Hyundai Sonata being bought by the Federal Governerment (FSA) when we have our Chevrolet Volt not being utilized. Go Volt !! Come on America Government support your own product.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Obama directed the Government to buy American cars to boost their numbers so that he could brag about "saving" the auto industry. And now that the election is over, he just doesn't care anymore.
        Grendal
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Jason
        The President has very little to do with individual department purchases. After this article slowly gets to someone in power a memo will go out to remind departments to Buy American.
          gpmp
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Grendal
          @zoom lol, what 'green' vehicles were purchased from Chrysler?
          zoom_zoom_zoom
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Grendal
          Grendal, Obama DID use a massive purchase of GM, Ford, and Chrysler "green" vehicles. It was a under-the-table way to further bail them out.
      DarkKnight67
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another dumb play by the same administration that gave us cash for clunkers and most of it went overseas.
        C-Dog
        • 1 Day Ago
        @DarkKnight67
        Who do you think decided to buy foreign cars? Us the CONSUMERS. How is that Obama's fault?
      Spiffster
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting... this is the worst hybrid sedan out there, and im not just talking about fuel economy... why not buy Ford Fusion Hybrids? WTF!?
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Spiffster
        They probably didn't think about the Fusion hybrid because of the new model coming out. The old model had probably already ceased production when they were taking bids and maybe Ford didn't come back with anything because they were between models at that point.
      mumbojumbo
      • 1 Day Ago
      @anonymous: It doesn't matter if it was intentional or not, Hyundai cheated / lied on the EPA tests. They are guilty. If Ford truly followed the EPA tests, they didn't cheat / lie like Hyundai, and are therefore not at fault for the EPA ratings, the EPA tests are. Your attitude is a small example of whats wrong with this country, in that it's not their fault if they made an honest mistake, only if it was done on purpose. Where's the responsibility in that?
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 1 Day Ago
      Do you consider a Ford Fusion built in Mexico to be a USA automobile? That's just one example.
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Day Ago
      If you think a TDi is a fair competitor to the 2001 Prius ... you are WAYYYY OFF BASE! The performance difference of a Mk4 VW diesel vs. the first gen hybrids... not even a competition. 0-60 times don't tell the story either. The Golf is in a different class all together.
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