The Montana Department of Transportation says the state has surpassed goals to reach an average of 30 miles per gallon in its fleet of vehicles by 2010, according to the Associated Press.
The agency has already surpassed that goal at 31 miles per gallon, partly by adding 98 hybrid vehicles to its fleet.
The department plans to buy another 27 new hybrids this spring, including some SUVs. The Ford Escape SUV, Toyota Prius and Honda Civic are among the models being added to the state’s fleets.
Factoring the 27 new hybrids into the mix, the department hopes to increase its fleet-wide average of 31.6 miles per gallon to 34.2 miles per gallon, said department director Jim Lynch. That mileage will continue to increase when the older cars still in the fleet begin to be replaced.
In addition to the benefit of saving the state money on fuel, hybrids’ resale value is often higher, although the vehicles do cost more on the initial investment.
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