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GSA ANNOUNCES MAJOR PURCHASE OF ALTERNATIVE-FUEL VEHICLES FOR FEDERAL FLEET

 GSA ANNOUNCES MAJOR PURCHASE OF ALTERNATIVE-FUEL VEHICLES
 FOR FEDERAL FLEET
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Administrator Richard G. Austin of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) -- responding to President Bush's energy conservation, environmental, employment and economic priorities -- announced today the award of contracts totaling $31,700,000 to Chrysler Corp. and General Motors Corp. for the purchase of 3,125 alternative-fuel vehicles for GSA's Interagency Fleet Management System.
 Austin said the purchase represents a major effort by the Bush administration to add significantly more non-conventionally-fueled vehicles to the 135,000-vehicle federal fleet. GSA will spend $600 million in Fiscal Year 1992 to procure some 50,000 fleet vehicles from American automobile manufacturers. The cost of the new alternative-fuel sedans will be comparable to the cost of traditional fuel vehicles.
 "This major purchase of alternative-fuel vehicles is intended to send a message to manufacturers that the federal government is very serious about making a commitment to the environment. This award -- and future ones -- will help build a marketplace for alternative-fuel vehicles, reducing the cost and increasing the availability of the environmentally-sound vehicles for other fleet operators and for American consumers," Austin said.
 Austin added that the new contracts also would help to speed up the development of an infrastructure to provide sufficient refueling stations nationwide so that consumers will be more apt to buy these types of vehicles.
 The contracts call for Chrysler to produce 2,500 methanol flexible-fuel 1993 Acclaim sedans at its Newark, Del., facility and General Motors to produce 600 compressed natural gas (CNG) three- quarter ton 1992 Sierra pickup trucks at its Pontiac, Mich., plant. The Chrysler award totals $21,700,000 and the General Motors contract is worth approximately $10 million. Under a separate contract Chrysler also will deliver 25 eight-passenger 1992 CNG vans.
 In addition to helping save jobs here in the United States and boost the economy, Austin noted that these procurements of alternative-fuel vehicles will help to achieve the directives of the President's Executive Order on Federal Energy Management and to implement the Alternative Motor Fuels Act.
 Austin also said he expects "this move will have the same market impact as GSA's introduction of airbags into its fleet operations in 1985, which provided the competitive incentive for making them standard equipment on many of today's cars."
 The planned assignment of the cars and pickup trucks will be scattered among 22 states, with more than 1,000 of the vehicles assigned in California, some 700 in the metropolitan Washington area and about 400 in greater Chicago.
 The methanol flexible-fuel Acclaim sedans will operate on methanol (up to 85 percent), unleaded gasoline, or any combination of the two. The Sierra pickup trucks and the Chrysler vans will operate only on CNG.
 The Alternative Motor Fuels Act -- which is designed to encourage the development and production by original equipment manufacturers of alternative-fuel vehicles -- encourages the introduction of advanced vehicle technology and the development of commercial maintenance and refueling infrastructures.
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 /NOTE: Austin will transfer a compressed natural gas-powered van to Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr. at a 2 p.m. ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 14, in front of the Interior Department Building, 1849 C St. N.W., Washington. He will be available for questions on this major procurement at that time./
 /CONTACT: U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Media Relations, 202-501-1231/ CO: U.S. General Services Administration; Chrysler Corporation;
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