GSA Driving Toward A More Energy Efficient Federal Fleet

The 45th annual Earth Day celebration will take place on April 22 and the GSA’s Office of Motor Vehicle Management (MVM) is excited to highlight some of the many ways it has promoted energy efficiency throughout the federal fleet. Here are some of the national fleet wide initiatives and ongoing fleet practices that MVM has implemented to lower the federal fleet’s impact on the environment.GSA Earth Day Badge

  • MPG Increases of New Vehicles Entering the Fleet: Over the past several fiscal years, new vehicles acquired in the GSA leased fleet have shown miles per gallon (MPG) improvements of 20 percent on average, resulting in significant gasoline and cost savings. This MPG improvement means on average that GSA Fleet put a vehicle into the fleet that was 20 percent more fuel efficient than the vehicle it replaced.
  • Sustainable Vehicle Purchases:  MVM supported a sustainable government by providing 1,513 alternative fuel vehicle offerings in FY14 and by purchasing alternative fuel vehicles that comprised 81 percent of the total vehicles purchased in FY14.
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Pilot: MVM collaborated with 21 customer agencies to incorporate over 300 Electric Vehicles (EVs) into the federal fleet and 169 charging stations by FY14. Agencies received a mix of Ford CMAX Energi Plug-ins, Chevy Volt Plug-ins, and Ford Focus BEVs.  In FY15, MVM is working with the GSA Fleet credit card vendor (WEX) and the charging station vendor (ChargePoint) to obtain WEX card acceptance at all pilot stations. WEX acceptance will allow for the automatic transfer of vehicle level charging data from the charging station to GSA Fleet’s information management system.
  • New Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Tool: MVM implemented a brand new 2014 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Tool which, for the first time, is a complete acquisition/decision tool needed to right-size and optimize agency fleets. The tool helps customers compare models and find the vehicle they need taking fuel, availability, CO2 grams per mile, size and price into account. The tool also provides overall greenhouse gas emissions saved for each hypothetical acquisition, providing customers with a full picture of the acquisition’s environmental impact.  In FY15, MVM is offering training and conducting customer user interviews to identify future enhancements to the tool based on customer feedback.
  • Compressed CNG Light Truck Initiative: During GSA’s 2015 annual vehicle replacement cycle, MVM covered the entire incremental cost of acquiring 62 bi-fuel CNG pickup trucks for five federal agencies—Army, NASA, Marine Corps, Navy and the VA. The goal of the initiative is to support customers in their efforts to acquire AFVs in the pickup truck category while furthering the Administration’s goal of decreasing our dependence on foreign fuel sources.
  • Commercial Car Sharing: This year, GSA is kicking off a commercial car-sharing pilot to test the overall effectiveness of car sharing across the federal fleet utilizing commercial product that allows customers to reserve vehicles by the hour. This solution will assist agencies to save taxpayer money by managing their motor vehicle fleets with an alternative local mode of transportation.
  • GSA Short Term Rental Program: The Short Term Rental (STR) program assists federal agencies with short-term rental needs for vehicles and equipment and reduces redundant procurement support across agencies. STR allows agencies an option to manage their fleet utilization by removing vehicles or equipment in their owned or leased fleets and renting vehicles that are only needed on a short-term or one-time basis.

These are just a few of the many ways MVM is working to promote energy efficiency in the federal fleet. If you have any questions or would like to hear more about our sustainability efforts, please email GSA MVM’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Team at mvmafvteam@gsa.gov.