Oklahoma Official: Local Governments Unaware of Multi-State CNG Vehicle Effort

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Oklahoma Official: Local Governments Unaware of Multi-State CNG Vehicle Effort


Terry-Cobo, Sarah, THE JOURNAL RECORD


Oklahoma released the details of a multi-state agreement to purchase compressed natural gas vehicles for public fleets on Friday. The only problem is whether there will be sufficient demand from municipal governments to request that the cars, trucks and vans are added to local fleets, said Scott Schlotthauer, state purchasing director with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, formerly known as the Department of Central Services.

The deal is the result of an initiative that began with Gov. Mary Fallin and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in October 2011. Fallin announced at her Governor's Energy Conference on Thursday that four automakers have agreed to manufacture vehicles that will run on compressed natural gas, or CNG, a major milestone in the advancement of alternative-fueled vehicles in the United States.

The news is generally considered good among those in public office and private industry. More CNG vehicles on the road increase the need for more fueling stations, more automotive technicians and more safety inspectors. Fallin said that 38 percent of the state's 11,000 vehicles have more than 100,000 miles. But the exact number of vehicles expected to be replaced in Oklahoma with new CNG vehicles has yet to be determined.

While many state agencies are aware of the CNG vehicle purchase agreement, Schlotthauer said, many local governments don't know this option is available. During the process of preparing the request for proposal, he said, several large cities were unaware of the state's effort to create a contract for CNG vehicles with the National Association of State Procurement Officials. …

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