State Vehicle Purchasing Guidelines

Hawaii Government Vehicle Purchase Guidelines are revised to include requirements effective as of January 1, 2010, in accordance with Act 156 of 2009.

HRS 103D-412 – Light-duty Motor Vehicle Requirements

U.S. DOE Fuel Economy Guides 2000-2012

The Fuel Economy Guide is produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in order to help car buyers choose the most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets their needs.

Vehicle Purchasing Guide 2010

The procurement policy for County and State agencies purchasing or leasing light-duty motor vehicles shall be to reduce dependence on petroleum for transportation energy.  This law sets forth clear hierarchy whereby government will lead by example in selecting alternative vehicles.

Priority for selecting vehicles shall be as follows:

  • Electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
  • Hydrogen or fuel cell vehicles;
  • Alternative fuel vehicles
    Alternative fuels is defined as, alcohol fuels, mixtures containing eighty-five per cent or more by volume of alcohols with gasoline or other fuels, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, hydrogen, biodiesel, mixtures containing twenty per cent or more by volume of biodiesel with diesel or other fuels, other fuels derived from biological materials, and electricity provided by off-board energy sources;
  • Hybrid electric vehicles; and
  • Fuel Economy Leaders
    Vehicles that are identified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in its annual “Fuel Economy Leaders” report as being among the top performers for fuel economy in their class.  in the top one-fifth of the most energy-efficient vehicles in its class.