The General Services Administration (GSA) ordered 5,600 gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles earlier this year, and the first batch arrived about a month ago. More new vehicles will continue to arrive throughout the summer as they roll off assembly lines. The purchases, announced last March, are in addition to the 3,100 hybrid vehicles agencies received last year as part of the 2009 Recovery Act. This brings the total of the federal hybrid vehicle fleet to more than 11,000 cars and trucks, slightly less than two percent of the 600,000 vehicles the government operates.
GSA leases the new hybrids to federal agencies as they trade in their older gas-guzzling vehicles, which GSA sells at auctions. Proceeds from the auctions, in addition to taxpayer funds earmarked for the purchases, help fund the hybrid purchases.
The Department of Energy is a leader in the government�"s transition to fuel-efficient hybrids and has committed to an all-hybrid fleet within three years. This year the agency is leasing 753 vehicles from GSA: 334 Ford Fusions, 273 Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks, 145 Ford Escape sport-utility vehicles and one Honda Insight.
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