Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell has launched a pilot project to explore the use of alternative-fuel and hybrid vehicles among the state fleet.
The program sets increasing purchase targets for the next five years, culminating in model year 2011 when 25% of all new passenger vehicles purchased for the Commonwealth fleet are to be hybrid or alternative-fuel vehicles—as long as the total cost of ownership for the vehicles doesn’t exceed the average total cost of ownership for the rest of the Department of General Service’s conventional fleet.
Conservation is the most effective measure to counter rising energy costs. Embracing alternative-fuel and hybrid vehicles that are more efficient can make Pennsylvania a market leader for a whole new generation of environmentally friendly vehicles that help to clean the air and save money at a time when fuel costs continue to rise and remain high.
We have to be responsible and accountable stewards of taxpayer resources. We cannot leave the issue just to the federal government. Like Pennsylvania, each state has to do its part to encourage alternate energy development and to help the U.S. reduce its dependence on foreign oil.—Governor Rendell
Under the pilot program, the state fleet will add:
30 hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles by 2006.
50 vehicles for the 2008 model year.
75 vehicles by the 2010 model year.
25% of the new car fleet purchases by the 2011 model year.
Alternative fuels considered included compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, liquid propane gas, ethanol, methanol, hydrogen, coal-derived liquid fuels and biofuels.