State expands clean-fuel vehicles fleet
The Salt Lake Tribune
March 5, 2012
State government continues to update its fleet with more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Gov. Gary Herbert announced Monday that 73 state vehicles will be replaced this year with hybrids. The move will bring the state’s hybrid fleet to 500 as part of a trend that began more than a decade ago as a government-wide energy efficiency effort.
The Republican governor linked the push to his all-volunteer clean-air initiative announced last month, the Utah Clean Air Partnership (U-CAIR).
“Each and every small commitment from households, from industry and from community partners will make a difference,” he said. “Utah’s state government agencies will step up, and we need county and local governments to step up to make the U-CAIR pledge, too. We are all in this together.
“As the state’s chief executive officer,” he said, “I commit that the state of Utah will do its part as a U-CAIR partner to improve Utah’s air quality, for our health and for our economic vitality.”
Sam Lee, the state director of the Division of Fleet Operations, noted that hybrids get more miles per gallon than standard vehicles.
“Currently midsized sedan hybrid vehicles in state fleet have 83 percent greater efficiency over comparable vehicles,” he said.
In addition to the new hybrids, the state intends to purchase two electric cars and four new compressed natural gas vehicles (CNG). The state first bought CNG vehicles in the 1994-95 budget year. With this year’s additions, there will be 85 in the fleet.
Irene Rizza of the Utah Clean Cities program praised the state for continuing the trend. “It’s really good for the state to set an example,” she said.
Herbert has asked Utahns to pledge voluntary reductions on the U-CAIR website, ucair.utah.gov. He also has called on state employees to conserve energy.
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