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Figure 1. Summary of FY 2008 AFV Acquisitions
Additional vehicles were leased and purchased by DOJ that were not covered under the EPAct. Of the total of 4,716 LDVs acquired in FY 2008, the following were not accountable for compliance:
Special Projects of the DOJ Fleet Related to AFV and Infrastructure Acquisitions
The Department is continuing with plans for infrastructure upgrades including the installation of Biodiesel and E-85 refueling sites at Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facilities where feasible.
Alternative Fuel Use by the DOJ Fleet in FY 2008
Table 1 presents total fuel use data for DOJ’s fleet in FY 2008. A small percentage of the Department’s vehicles are leased, and the lease contract includes the maintenance and fuel costs for the vehicles. This is accomplished by the use of a General Services Administration (GSA) credit card that the fleets use to purchase fuel. However, since product code standards are not uniform among suppliers of alternative fuels (e.g., ethanol or E85), it is not always possible to accurately track the purchase of alternative fuels with this credit card or with any government issued fleet card. This problem continues to persist and is well-known by government agencies requiring this information. The exception is natural gas, which is usually purchased at local utility refueling sites, allowing the fleet to contact the utility for an accurate accounting of purchased fuel.
Table 1. DOJ Fuel Use in FY 2008
|CNG (gallons) at 3000 PSI||39,217||Gallons|
* Estimate based on incomplete data
DOJ Fleet AFV Acquisitions for FY 2009 and FY 2010
Attachments B and C provide detailed information on projected vehicle acquisitions and inventory for the DOJ fleet for FY 2009 and FY 2010. In FY 2009, DOJ is planning to acquire a cumulative total of 402 LDVs with the total number of AFV acquisition credits totaling 1,293, exceeding the EPAct requirement of 75 AFVs. In FY 2010, DOJ is planning to acquire a cumulative total of 390 LDVs with the total number of AFV acquisition credits totaling 1,429, exceeding the EPAct requirement of 75 AFVs.
For FY 2008, the reported covered petroleum consumption is 896,192 Gasoline Gallon Equivalents (GGE). This represents a reported increase of 12,989 GGE compared to the baseline of 883,203. Our plans indicate a continued level of commitment to reducing petroleum consumption to 664,439 by FY 2014. Detailed vehicle acquisition tables are shown in the Attachments B and C.
As detailed in this report and the attached appendices, DOJ exceeded the AFV acquisition requirements of the EPAct in FY 2008 and projects to repeat this accomplishment in FY 2009 and FY 2010. The DOJ will continue its efforts to comply with the requirements of the EPAct, ECRA, and EO 13423. By full compliance with the requirement to acquire 75 percent AFVs and a commitment to acquire vehicles with increased fuel efficiency, the Department’s goal is to continue to reduce fleet’s annual petroleum consumption.
However, there are still many obstacles with regard to complying with these goals. Even though the automotive manufacturers are producing more AFVs, predominately E85 capable vehicles, many of these vehicles are of the larger class and size such as Sport Utility Vehicle’s and pick-up trucks. Acquiring these types of vehicles is not the best strategy since the availability of E85 fuel, although increasing, is still not enough. E85 fuel is predominately available in the Midwest with the highest concentration in Minnesota. The Department has made progress here in the Metropolitan DC area since there are now two fueling sites in the immediate area where E85 is available. This has been a help, but until the number of fueling sites is substantially increased throughout the United States, the goal of using alternative fuel in AFVs is extremely difficult, and in some cases impossible. Despite these obstacles, the Department will continue its efforts to support and promote the use of alternative fuel.
A - Actual Department of Justice FY 2008 Vehicle Acquisitions
Attachment B - Planned Department of Justice FY 2009 Vehicle Acquisitions
Attachment C - Projected Department of Justice FY 2010 Vehicle Acquisitions