Feds Buy More Fuel-Efficient Cars

&&&&&EMBEDDED_ELEMENT_START&&&&& {“id”:1420668666148,”originalName”:”2015_03_04_17_01_00_023_http___blogs_cars_com__a_6a00d83451b3c669e20120a5ddd90b970b_800wi”,”name”:”MMS ID 46993 (created by CM Utility)”,”URI”:”/70/237484093-1425510060270.”,”createDate”:”2015-03-04 05:01:00″,”metadata”:{“AUTHOR”:”automatic-content-migration”,”KEYWORDS”:””},”href”:”https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/1170×1170/70/237484093-1425510060270.”,”description”:”Came from https://www.cars.com/.a/6a00d83451b3c669e20120a5ddd90b970b-800wi”,”externalid”:”46993″,”updatedby”:”cmuadmin”,”updateddate”:1425511424914,”associations”:{}} &&&&&EMBEDDED_ELEMENT_END&&&&&

The federal government went on a $287 million car shopping spree thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which funded the purchase of 17,205 fuel-efficient cars and SUVs.

This involved replacing some true gas-guzzlers with newer models that have smaller engines or other fuel saving improvements. The government’s rule was that every new vehicle it purchased had to have a higher EPA rating than the car it replaced. It also bought strictly from Detroit-based automakers.

The purchases included some distinctly low-mileage vehicles like the 4WD Chevy Silverado and Ford F-150, but this is understandable since the Forest Service is unlikely to be cruising around woodland trails in a Chevy Aveo.

More than 5,500 of all the vehicles purchased can run on ethanol, 3,100 are hybrids, and 8,598 were regular old gas-powered engines with improvements in fuel economy.

The Government Services Administration made the purchases and got some pretty good deals. The F-150 only cost $13,798 and the compact Colorado pickup just $15,099. That represents a 57% discount on the F-150 and about a 10% on the Colorado. It also got a 25% price break from Ford for the Escape Hybrid and 7% on the Fusion Hybrid.

The Fusion still cost $25,733—more than twice the price of a Pontiac G6 or Ford Focus, as Drive On points out. However, there was no mention of the lifecycle of a government car, and how long it would take to offset the higher price with gas savings.

The government also bought five compressed natural gas buses and 35 hybrid buses.

Uncle Sam Pays Almost Twice as Much for Some Hybrids as Regular Fleet Cars(Drive On)