The U.S. government spent $287 million to purchase a total 17,205 fuel efficient vehicles from Ford, Chrysler and General Motors as of June 1 and aims to order $15 million more worth of advanced technology buses and electric vehicles, the General Services Administration said this week.
In April GSA ordered 3,100 fuel efficient cars worth $77 million. On June 1 it ordered the remaining 14,105 worth $210 million.
Ford sold the government the most fuel efficient vehicles totaling 7,924 for $129 million. Following were General Motors which sold 6,348 vehicles for $105 million and last Chrysler with 2,933 vehicles for $53 million.
GSA is committed to spending Recovery dollars quickly and wisely, said Commissioner James A. Williams of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service in a statement.
GSA has yet to unveil the breakdown of the automaker's models but said each new vehicle has a higher miles-per-gallon (MPG) rating than the one it replaces.
Only Ford, among the three American automakers has not filed for bankruptcy and has not accepted funds from the government. Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection on April 30 and General Motors filed on June 1.