The Detroit News reports The General Services Administration is set to increase the number of hybrid vehicles in the government's fleet by 10,000. Doing so is estimated to save one million gallons of fuel per year through the lives of the machines. Currently, the GSA fleet boasts around 10,672 hybrids, and last fiscal year saw the agency purchase 919 of the vehicles. The GSA helps support other agencies, and in this case, it will cover the extra cost of opting for hybrid models over a standard internal combustion vehicle for any other agency that wishes to take part in the program.

The Interior Department will be the first to swap nearly a third of its fleet for the new hybrids, with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell saying the move is a good business decision "that will benefit not only our bottom line, but reduce our carbon emissions as well." The move will swap some 300 gasoline and alternative fuel vehicles for hybrids. In 2011, President Barack Obama issued an order for federal agencies to stop using full-size sedans and SUVs unless absolutely necessary. Under that order, E85-capable machines were exempt even if they weren't using the ethanol-heavy fuel.


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      oneman689
      • 1 Year Ago
      The US Ambassador to Italy was proudly showing off his new fleet of Volts at the same time that security was cut in Libya and Stevens and the others were butchered.
      williambeasy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wonder how many more barrels of pork will be rolling around for 2014.
      namtult
      • 1 Year Ago
      Save gas buy a Harley, its made in USA lol they can ride doubles !
      dave03110331
      • 1 Year Ago
      knowing the way the Feds spend our money, they will probably purchase Lincoln MKZ Hybrids with all the bells and whistles.
      garygkennedy
      • 1 Year Ago
      ya they need to spend more on the most expensive autos why not battery to help there sales BECAUSE NONE OF THAT CRAP WORKS
      peteswarr
      • 1 Year Ago
      The problem is that they will still buy vehicles that are twice as big as they need to be and still use more fuel than they need to. Put em all in micro hybrids.
      churchmotor
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, so Ford is having that hard of a time moving the hybrids, go the Feds are going to mass purchase them AGAIN.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @churchmotor
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          Spies1
          • 1 Year Ago
          lol, I see yonomo, yonomo100, yonomo200, yomama, yomama6500, yomama6501 and you dozen of other accounts has been voting again.
          • 1 Year Ago
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        mark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @churchmotor
        Wow someone has been down voted more then myself. My new friend. Sad part is your right. They will buy some Chevys too. So it seems fair
          Spies1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mark
          Mark, it was yomama , yonomo
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      As long as they do not buy Ford C-Max, because those fuel savings would never be realized.
      Ron
      • 1 Year Ago
      Keep spending our tax dollars you moron libs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        tommy8959
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ron
        Keep spending our tax dollars you moron conservitives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        jbrian922
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ron
        Yep no need to these so called "vehicles"!
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh man, that sequester is really putting a hurt on government spending, isn't it?
        brotherkenny4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Should really be a cost savings if done right. But you know that right?
          raktmn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          2WM -- What are you talking about? The 2013 requested budget is $3.803 Trillion. The 2012 requested budget was $3.729 Trillion. That isn't an 8% change. And both are down from the 2010 requested budget of $3.834 Trillion. The budget requests have essentially been flat for the last 3 budgets. Are you making the mistake of trying to compare budget vs. actual? You do realize that these don't measure the same thing, and we won't be able to compare 2012 actual to 2013 actual until 2013 is over, right?
          raktmn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          2WM, you do also understand that when adjusted for inflation and population growth, that 3 years of essentially flat budget requests very much IS a cut in spending? You don't deny the existence and impact of inflation and population growth, do you?
          2 wheeled menace
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          In theory. In practice, the budget is "only" up 8% over last year. That's what our government calls a budget cut: an increase in spending.
          ngiotta
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          I was unaware that there has ever been an approved budget-- at least in the last 4 years. The last one the Senate (Democratic majority, nonetheless) voted on failed 99-0). Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the only current budgetary "limitation" the debt ceiling?
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        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        Still waiting for my wheelbarrows of money to buy a loaf of bread like Glenn Beck keeps warning. Still haven't bought a wheelbarrow, though.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        I got a 10 billion dollar banknote from Zimbabwe the other day.. apparently the dollar value of it is 6 cents, lol. I don't think you'll need to take a wheelbarrow out to buy a pack of smokes any time soon, but when our currency is no longer the world's reserve currency, we are in big trouble.
          CoolWaters
          • 1 Year Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Toneron, based on what? - Read REAL Economics blogs, instead of Glenn Beck delusions. Or, ask yourself how you'd get inflation in a depressed economy?
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          The Yen is not the reserve currency and Japan does not have hyperinflation. They've got a much bigger debt to GDP ratio.
      mahrmach
      • 1 Year Ago
      More wasted money from Washington, NOBODY wants these useless cars!
        jbrian922
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mahrmach
        Yeah you really can't call them cars that's an insult to real cars! Be nice if they'd stop making things that people don't want/need.
        Shane Wortman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mahrmach
        I do. You obviously have never owened one. Does not mean you will not benefit from them. Don't think for one second that the rapid increase in gas milage you have seen the last 5 years is out of the good graces of automakers. It is out of the mandate to improve pushed by democrats and out of the development of hybrids. You will get 40-50 miles per gallon in the next 5 years using hybrid technology when if left to a policy without them you would still get 18-22. With the price of gas you can do the math and see that is money back in your pocket. A little thanks would be in order to all hybrid owners who bought them at the higher prices.
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