Greening the GSA Fleet Everyday, Not Just On Earth Day

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Most of us celebrate only on April 22nd, but every day is Earth Day for the U.S General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of Fleet Management (a.k.a. Fleet). They work 365 days a year to “green” the federal automotive fleet and make sure agencies are gearing up to meet Executive Order (EO) 13693: Planning for Sustainability in the Next Decade.  The new mandate seeks to cut the federal government’s harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent over the next decade (from 2008 levels), while also increasing the percentage of clean energy the government uses to 30 percent

GSA is helping agencies accomplish this goal by incorporating more fuel efficient and alternative fueled vehicles (AFVs) into the federal fleet. In FY 2015, 82 percent of the vehicles purchased through GSA Fleet were AFVs, up from 81 percent the year before.  During that time, GSA also awarded over 1,600 AFV configurations. By purchasing more AFVs, as well as right-sizing the fleet overall, the new vehicles in GSA’s fleet are 13 percent more fuel efficient than the ones they replaced.

Accessing Information on Alternative Fueled Vehicles (AFVs)

GSA Fleet offers several tools to make buying and leasing AFVs easier for agencies. Each November, Fleet publishes an AFV Guide that provides acquisition and sustainability information for all available AFVs and low GHG emitting vehicles. Fleet also publishes a “lease versus buy” AFV acquisition tool. These guides help agencies make sustainable and cost- effective vehicle acquisition decisions by comparing different model’s fuel, availability, location, miles per gallon (mpg), CO2 grams per mile, size and price into account.  

GSA Fleet Offers Fleet Management Tools to Enhance Efficiency

EO 13693 ​also​ requires agencies to improve the efficiency and management of their vehicles. GSA Fleet currently offers two comprehensive fleet management tools: GSA Fleet Drive-thru (for agencies with leased vehicles) and FedFMS (agency owned vehicles). Both tools let fleet managers track and analyze their vehicle usage to improve emission and mpg, while also providing all the inventory listings, utilization rates, cost information, and other information needed to conduct Vehicle Allocation Methodology studies.

GSA’s Dispatch Reservation Module (DRM) is a tracking system that increases efficiency and productivity by letting customers manage their GSA Fleet and FedFMS in one application. Customers can create a motor pool, dispatch vehicles to drivers and generate reservation and vehicle utilization reports. Users can easily identify the availability and location of each vehicle in their motor pool. DRM also makes it easier for fleet managers to create more carsharing opportunities for their drivers. Increased carshares mean fewer individual trips, which will, in turn, reduce emissions. Since it began in 2014, there have been more than 55,000 reservations made in DRM for almost 14,000 vehicles.

Planning Ahead

The EO also requires agencies to plan for 20 percent of their passenger vehicles to be zero emission or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2020. GSA Fleet currently provides zero emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles to customers and continues to work with original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and third party vendors to drive down acquisition prices and increase offerings.  In FY 2016, GSA Fleet has helped make those vehicles more accessible and affordable by reintroducing the Full Rate Replacement (FRR) program, letting customers spread the incremental cost of the more efficient vehicle over the full lease period.

Lastly, EO 13693 requires agencies to acquire telematic devices on light-duty and medium duty vehicles, where appropriate. GSA already offers both aftermarket and OEM-provided telematic solutions to​ help agencies to meet this requirement.  More on that can be found in a previous GSA blog post.

GSA Fleet is committed to working with the federal fleet and energy communities to help agencies meet the new EO requirements.  Keep up to date on all the latest developments, guidance, and offerings by visiting the Motor Vehicles Hallway on Acquisition.gov.

Last Reviewed: 2019-07-23