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GSA ORDERS 2,900 ALTERNATIVE FUEL CARS FOR FEDERAL FLEET

 WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced the award of a $22 million contract to the Chrysler Corp. (NYSE: C) to produce a minimum of 2,500 methanol flexible fuel 1993 Spirit sedans for GSA's Interagency Fleet Management System (IFMS).
 The award is part of a joint agreement between GSA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to acquire alternative fuel vehicles under the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988 and the Energy Policy Act of 1992.
 In separate transactions, GSA also placed orders against existing contracts with Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) for 300 methanol flexible fuel 1993 Taurus sedans worth $3.1 million and General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) for 50 methanol and 50 ethanol flexible fuel 1993 Lumina sedans at a cost of $1 million. The Ford cars will be equipped with both driver and passenger side air bags.
 Roger Daniero, commissioner of GSA's Federal Supply Service, said the orders underscore GSA's commitment to acquire alternative fuel vehicles for the federal fleet. GSA already has added more than 3,200 alternative fuel vehicles to the fleet. When delivery of the new orders is complete, GSA will have added more than 6,100 alternative fuel vehicles to its fleet while pursuing the administration's energy efficiency and environmental commitments.
 Daniero said beside meeting environmental goals, the increased numbers of alternative fuel vehicles in the federal fleet should provide incentive for the development of a commercial refueling and vehicle maintenance infrastructure for all users.
 GSA plans to assign the vehicles to many of the 125 major metropolitan statistical areas specified in the Energy Policy Act. The ethanol flexible fuel cars will be concentrated in the Midwest and Washington.
 Daniero said the DOE continues to provide funding for the "incremental acquisition costs" -- the additional costs to buy cars that operate on flexible fuel.
 The methanol flexible fuel sedans will operate on up to 85 percent methanol, unleaded gasoline or any combination of the two. The ethanol flexible fuel sedans will operate on up to 85 percent ethanol, unleaded gasoline or any combination of the two.
 Daniero said delivery of the vehicles will begin next month and be complete by July.
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