The Los Angeles County, California, Board of Supervisors is modifying its ten-year old Clean Fuels Program to make hybrids the standard for new non-emergency passenger sedans acquired to conduct routine County Business.
The original Clean Fuels Program, approved in 1995, directed the transitioning of as many County-owned vehicles to clean fuels as possible within the limits of service delivery requirements and departments’s financial resources.
At that time, alternative fuel vehicles were limited to methanol, ethanol, propane, and natural gas.
The emergence of hybrids (gasoline or diesel, in the Board’s view) provide a more viable and cost-effective path to achieve the emissions reduction goal. (In the supporting document, sponsors Zen Yaroslavsky and Mike Antonovich cite the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s analysis that the 5-year cumulative total cost of ownership for a hybrid vehicle sedan is almost $8,000 lower than the total cost of a traditional gas powered vehicle.)
Among the many benefits of this technology are: improved fuel mileage, lower exhaust emissions, reduced noise pollution, improved performance, unrestricted driving range, and no special requirements for refueling.
The modification to the Clean Fuels Program directs Department/District Heads to, whenever feasible, acquire hybrid passenger sedans as they replace the gasoline powered passenger sedans, beginning no later than July 1, 2006; and instruct the Director of Internal Services to submit a revised Clean Fuels Program policy, including a report on costs, to the Audit Committee for review and approval.