Pennsylvania launches alternative-fuel test for state fleet

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Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has unveiled a pilot project to explore the use of alternative-fuel vehicles in the state’s fleet.

The pilot program will add 30 hybrid vehicles to the state fleet by 2006. Another 50 vehicles for model year 2008 will be purchased as long as the total cost of ownership does not exceed the average total cost of ownership of the rest of the Department of General Services’ conventional fleet.

Assuming the cost of ownership of new vehicles remains under the fleet average, Pennsylvania will buy another 75 vehicles by the 2010 model year, and by 2011, at least 25 percent of all new passenger vehicles purchased for the state’s fleet will be hybrid.