The White House has ordered that all new cars or light trucks leased or purchased by federal agencies run on alternative fuels by Dec. 31, 2015, whether their power source is hybrid, electric, compressed natural gas, biofuel or fuel cells.
“We owe a responsibility to American citizens to lead by example and contribute to meeting our national goals of reducing oil imports by one-third by 2025 and putting one million advanced vehicles on the road by 2015,” President Obama said in a memo on federal fleet performance issued this week. It said that “as soon as practicable” the alternative-fuel vehicles should be located close to fueling stations.
“Living up to that responsibility means the federal fleet should operate only as many vehicles as needed to work efficiently,” Obama wrote, and pledged to leverage federal dollars to build manufacturing capacity for more alternative-fuel vehicles.
The White House also said it expects federal agencies to use “midsize or smaller sedans” to replace the black SUV’s associated with federal executive fleets, except where “large sedans are essential to the agency mission.” Agency heads can exempt cars from the new requirement for a number of purposes, including law enforcement, military purposes and emergency response.
The hybrids will be leased to more than 20 agencies, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson said.
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