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Federal Agencies Increase Alt-Fuel Vehicles by 33%

August 22, 2012

WASHINGTON – A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on fleet vehicles owned by U.S. federal agencies found they increased the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in their respective fleets over a six-year period.

The GAO said the overall percentage increased from 14% in 2005 to 33% by 2011, though it noted that the Energy Policy Act of 1992 requires federal agencies to acquire more alt-fuel sedans and trucks. The table below shows the overall increase between 2005 and 2011.

Note: GAO analysis included civilian (except Postal Service) and non-tactical military vehicles. The Y-axis shows the number of vehicles (in thousands).
Note: GAO analysis included civilian (except Postal Service) and non-tactical military vehicles. The Y-axis shows the number of vehicles (in thousands).

Some agencies in the report had notable increases, for example the Dept. of the Interior’s alternative-fuel fleet grew by 509%, with alt-fuel vehicles making up 25% of its fleet in fiscal-year 2011. The Dept. of Veterans Affairs has an even larger percentage of alternative-fuel vehicles, at 52%. The chart below shows the change in fleet composition for four federal agencies.

Source: GAO analysis of GSA data.
Source: GAO analysis of GSA data.

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