In FY 2011, GSA reduced petroleum usage within its internal fleet by 25.6 percent (over 150,000 gallons) from FY 2005 levels, well ahead of its 12 percent reduction target. Given current petroleum prices, this amounts to over $500,000 in annual fuel savings. In accordance with the Presidential Memorandum-Federal Fleet Performance, GSA issued a vehicle allocation methodology (VAM) in February 2012. As a result of the VAM, GSA has identified and begun eliminating 48 vehicles from its internal fleet, approximately a four percent reduction. GSA will continue to use the VAM to identify additional vehicles to eliminate.
Of the approximately 1,200 vehicles in GSA internal fleet, 625 are flexible fuel vehicles capable of consuming E85 biofuel, which is a blended fuel consisting of 85 percent plantbased ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. To help increase the amount of alternative fuel used by the fleet, GSA has partnered with the Department of Energy (DOE) to take advantage of two DOE programs designed to optimize AFV acquisition and placement while continuing to reduce gasoline consumption:
- DOE's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) is developing an Optimal Vehicle Acquisition (NOVA) analysis for GSA. The NOVA analysis will recommend the optimal alternative fuel vehicle to replace each vehicle eligible for replacement in FY 2013, based on local alternative fuel availability, the fuel efficiency of specific vehicles available through GSA, vehicle utilization patterns, and other factors.
- The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has developed a Fleet Sustainability Dashboard for GSA, which tracks fuel consumption in GSA vehicles and identifies successes as well as “missed opportunities” to use alternative fuel when it was available nearby. This tool will help GSA internal fleet managers better inform operators about alternative fuel usage requirements and fuel availability