U.S. purchases 101 Chevy Volts, 10 Nissan LEAFs, 5 Think City EVs

2011 Nissan LEAF / 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Today, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, General Services Administrator Martha Johnson, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley announced a major step in moving the Federal fleet further towards advanced vehicles and decreased petroleum consumption.

The United States government will end up adding 101 Chevrolet Volts to its fleet along with 10 Nissan Leafs and 5 Think City EVs.

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“As the nation’s largest vehicle fleet operator, the President’s fleet management directives and GSA’s electric vehicle pilot will cut the Federal fleet’s petroleum use and support the development of domestic, clean energy technologies – supporting the President’s goal of cutting imports by a third by 2025 and continuing to build a 21st century clean energy economy, while also saving taxpayer dollars,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

The 116 vehicles will be leased to 20 agencies, including the Energy Department, the Treasury Department and the Navy.

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In 2010, GSA doubled the Federal hybrid fleet without increasing the total number of vehicles. The resulting improvement in fleet fuel efficiency will reduce petroleum consumption by the equivalent of an estimated 7.7 million gallons of gasoline, or 385,000 barrels of oil, the GSA said.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: GSA, Automotive News