A few years ago, I bought a used govt. vehicle at auction for $3000. It was 5 years old but had only 18,000 miles on it. I got many years of excellent service from it. It is very common for government vehicles to be used very infrequently and for only short trips. The use of alternate-fuel vehicles will help but is not enough. Vehicles available for, and used for, only short-trips should be plug-in electric vehicles. They have much lower "fuel" cost, lower maintenance costs, and longer usable life of the vehicle. These could be electric-only or hybrids that are designed primarily for plug-in electric use but have a small gas, propane, or diesel engine for emergencies. They should be retained for govt. use as long as they are servicable and not sold with only "18,000" miles on them.
Idea No. 2614