Sustainability vs. Cost: Are Alternative Fuels Worth the Money?

May 12, 2010

The city of Albuquerque has announced that it will no longer be using alternative-fueled vehicles in its fleet in order to cut costs, according to KOAT.com and Government Fleet

“With the downturn in the economy, there’s an opportunity for us to reduce our operating costs, at the same time, reduce maintenance costs,” said Director Of Solid Waste John Soladay.  Maintenance costs on emergency vehicles were also cited as a major factor in the switch.

While it is true that regular unleaded gasoline is slightly cheaper and more efficient than the alternative fuels the city had been using, this change presents an important question: are cleaner fuels worth increased costs?

While alternative fuels may be costly in the short run, it is important to note that the price of gasoline has a tendency to steadily rise and occasionally spike.  If you find your fleet presented with this choice, ask yourself whether you want to save money in the short run or the long run.  Leave us a comment and let us know how your fleet handles this decision!

And remember, you can always save on your fuel budget with FleetCards USA.

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