The State Government of West Virginia has posted bids for the 2013 model year statewide motor vehicle contract which include compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled vehicles, says Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. This comes as a request from his Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force. After awarded, this contract will make available 36 different types and sized vehicles for state agencies and local governments in West Virginia. Of the 36 different types and sized vehicles, ten types will be fueled by compressed natural gas.
“The Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force had asked I consider requiring the upcoming state vehicle fleet contract to include CNG fueled vehicles,” Gov. Tomblin said. “This morning the contract is officially out to bid, putting us one step closer to our goal of using the abundant clean-burning natural gas produced right here in West Virginia to fuel our state fleet.”
The task force is exploring interest in partnerships with and among natural gas producers, infrastructure developers, vehicle manufacturers, and other industry leaders to expand the natural gas fueling infrastructure in West Virginia. Once the infrastructure is in place, West Virginians will also begin to see the financial savings of the switch. Natural gas vehicles can be filled up for as little as $1.50-$2.00 a gallon.
The contract bid is posted in the West Virginia Purchasing Bulletin.
(This article compiled using information from a West Virginia government press release)