The U.S. Government Services Administration (GSA), Office of Federal Motor Vehicle Acquisitions, recently indicated that light duty CNG vehicles that are APPROVED by OEMs are now available for GSA fleets. The light duty definition extends to vehicles up to 14,000 lbs. This action greatly increases the number of NGVs available to Federal Agencies and follows a series of meetings initiated by NGVAmerica between the GSA and its members to discuss ways to expand NGV offerings.
Federal Agencies must use GSA Schedule 751 commercial leasing of Natural Gas Vehicles to acquire these vehicles. Because GSA schedule 751 leasing is done through 3rd party-commercial leasing companies, Federal Agencies will be able to benefit from any available Federal and/or State tax credits, says NGVAmerica.
GSA’s Federal Supply Schedule 751 is described as a one-stop solution for short and long term commercial lease of sedans, sport utility vehicles, vans, and light trucks.
During GSA’s 2015 annual vehicle replacement cycle, the Office of Motor Vehicle Management (MVM) covered the entire incremental cost of acquiring 62 bi-fuel CNG pickup trucks for five federal agencies—Army, NASA, Marine Corps, Navy and the VA. The goal of the initiative is to support customers in their efforts to acquire AFVs in the pickup truck category while furthering the Administration’s goal of decreasing our dependence on foreign fuel sources.
NGVAmerica, the national organization dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane, is an Affiliated Association of NGV Global.
According to NGVAmerica’s website, there are a number of light-duty natural gas vehicle options available from several original equipment manufacturers (OEM). These vehicles can be purchased from the dealership through a process that has been streamlined for the customer. These vehicles include:
- Honda Civic Natural Gas Sedan (dedicated)
- GM Impala Sedan (bi-fuel)
- GM Silverado/Sierra Pickup (bi-fuel)
- GM Express/Savana Cargo and Passenger Vans (dedicated)
- Ram 2500 Dual-Cab Pickup (bi-fuel)
Ford also offers a gaseous fuel prep option on its F-Series trucks, as well as its Transit and Transit Connect vans. Many other light-duty, as well as medium and heavy-duty, vehicle options are available through small vehicle modifiers (SVM).