2012 marks the second year federal agencies have reduced overall fleet costs.

2012 marks the second year federal agencies have reduced overall fleet costs.

Federal agencies reduced their fleet costs by $88 million in fiscal-year 2012, a 1.98% decrease over FY-2011 levels, according to the annual Federal Motor Vehicle Fleet Report released by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in November. A 10,000-vehicle reduction helped contribute to the reduced fleet costs.

The federal fleet inventory in 2012 consisted of approximately 650,000 motor vehicles around the world. These vehicles drove more than 5 billion miles, consumed nearly 400 million gallons of fuel, and had operating costs of approximately $4.35 billion.

The 10,000-vehicle reduction represents a 1.5% decrease from FY-2011. Of these reductions, military agencies reduced their fleets by 5.02% and the U.S. Postal Service by 0.69%. Civilian agencies actually increased their fleet count by 0.57%. Civilian agencies also increased their miles traveled by 4.68%, while military agencies and the USPS decreased their miles traveled.

A 2011 presidential memorandum required that all new leased and purchased light-duty vehicles must be alternative-fuel vehicles by December of 2015. In 2012, 64% of all new light-duty vehicles leased or purchased were alternative-fuel vehicles (AFV), increasing the AFV count by nearly 5,000 vehicles. In 2012, AFVs represented more than 30% of the entire federal motor vehicle inventory. Civilian agencies have the most AFVs, increasing their AFV count by 11.9% to 90,173 vehicles in 2012. AFV counts in the USPS and military agencies decreased.

Finally, the GSA reported that agencies reduced petroleum consumption by more than 5% in 2012 after falling short of their annual 2% reduction targets in recent years.

Read a summary of the report here.