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One in Four U.S. Hybrid Cars Sold in America Sold to Obama Administration

Posted on December 2, 2010
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14,584…that’s how many hybrid vehicles President Barack Obama’s administration has purchased over the last two year.

25%… or 1 of four, that’s the percentage of Ford and GM hybrids that the Fed purchased over the last two years.

145,473…that’s the total number of cars purchased by the Federal Government in that same period.

10%…that’s the total percentage of hybrids purchased by the Fed for the federal fleet recently

1%…that’s the percentage of hybrids purchased by the Fed in 2008 for the federal fleet.

According to Bloomberg:

“About 3,100 of the hybrids purchased by GSA were paid for out of $300 million that the agency received from the 2009 economic stimulus package, said Sara Merriam, a spokeswoman for the agency, in an interview. Another 5,600 were bought with proceeds from selling older cars in the government fleet, she said. A majority of fiscal 2009 hybrid sales came after Obama took office in January 2009.

“This is the beginning,” Merriam said. “Our main goal is to increase the fuel efficiency of the federal fleet. The other goal is to drive the market toward cleaner technologies. It’s in the early stages of the government acquiring more hybrids and in larger quantities.”

Bloomberg goes on to report that, “The government paid an average of $5,281 less for its hybrid vehicles than sticker prices at a dealership. About 3,100 of the hybrids purchased by GSA were paid for out of $300 million that the agency received from the 2009 economic stimulus package.”

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