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Obama Administration Wants U.S. Fleets To Use Alternative-Fuel Vehicles By 2015

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On: Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 10:32AM | By: Tim Healey

Obama Administration Wants U.S. Fleets To Use Alternative-Fuel Vehicles By 2015

The Obama administration wants all new cars and trucks purchased by federal fleets to be alternative-fuel vehicles, such as hybrid and electric vehicles, starting in 2015.

Considering that the government operates for than 600,000 fleet vehicles, the Obama administration is trying to both lead by example as well as, perhaps, save some money on fuel, as well as some carbon emissions.

Not only that, but the federal government is looking to form partnerships with large private companies that have sizable fleets, with the idea that those companies might make their fleets over as well.

Obama has already said that the administration is looking to drop American daily oil imports by a third by 2025. Currently, American imports 11 million barrels of oil a day.

By carrying out Obama's orders, the federal government will increase its supply of alternative fuel vehicles in the fleet by tenfold.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers says that consumer demand for alternative-fuel vehicles has not matched production, and that the government's purchasing plans could close that gap.

The automakers will surely enjoy the extra sales, and the federal government gets to position itself as a leader in alternative tech. Both of those groups stand to benefit from this move. Not to mention any potential cash savings that the government could receive by using alternative-fuel vehicles. Of course, those potential savings may be offset by the higher up-front costs of alternative-fuel vehicles.

Either way, Obama is pushing ahead with his plans to cut American oil consumption while trying to out-maneuver Republicans who prefer to cut funding for alternative-energy programs and who are encouraging more domestic oil drilling. It's unclear if this mandate will still be in place in 2015, even if Obama wins re-election, but it's clear that the president is backing up his larger plans with smaller actions.


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