EDMOND — CNG Interstate is making itself at home in Oklahoma.
It has been less than a year since the Utah-born company — which converts vehicles to run on compressed natural gas — opened its shop at 100 NW 142 in Edmond, but CNG Interstate already has seen business increase by nearly 500 percent.
President Craig Wright said the cost of converting varies with available tax credits, but the switch can pay for itself quickly.
“It's really quite simple, natural gas is cheaper to burn than gasoline,” Wright said. “We have an abundant supply here at home, and we should harness that resource to more efficiently power the vehicles on Oklahoma's roads.”
CNG Interstate offers a bi-fuel system that allows almost any vehicle to burn natural gas or gasoline with the push of a button.
The company is focusing on converting pickups at this point.
Wright said he hopes to streamline the conversion process with an assembly line approach to help lower costs and boost the company's business. Once that is done, he said the company would turn its attention to sport utility vehicles and cars.
Wright said he expects CNG Interstate's continued growth to mean additional expansion within Oklahoma.
He hopes to expand into Tulsa by this fall. He also is eyeing a possible expansion into south Oklahoma City or Norman in 2013.
Wright said 97 percent of the almost 200 vehicles CNG Interstate converted in the last six months have come from customer referrals.
Customer is happy
Edmond resident David Bryan took his Toyota pickup to the company after studying the costs and benefits of CNG conversion.