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Oklahoma and other 21 states receive bids for natural gas vehicles

More than 100 car dealers in 28 states have submitted bids for natural gas vehicles to a coalition of states looking to add those cars, trucks and vans to their fleets. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says savings on the bids is better than she expected.
BY JAY F. MARKS Modified: October 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm •  Published: October 4, 2012

Automakers have slashed the cost of compressed natural gas vehicles in bids to 22 states that have banded together in seeking more affordable options for cars, trucks and vans that run on the alternative fuel.

More than 100 Ford, Chrysler, General Motors and Honda dealers in 28 states submitted bids for natural gas vehicles.

Officials said carmakers have cut the difference cost between standard cars, trucks and vans and their natural gas counterparts by about half. Bids offered savings of up to $5,800, or 16 percent, on three-quarter ton pickups.

“It's been even better than what we thought it would be,” Gov. Mary Fallin said.

Fallin and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who led the multistate initiative, unveiled the preliminary bids Thursday at the 2012 Governor's Energy Conference in Oklahoma City.

Full bid details will be released Friday morning to all states involved in the request for proposals issued in July.

Thirteen other governors have signed on to the bipartisan effort launched last year by Fallin, a Republican, and Hickenlooper, a Democrat. Seven more states joined the bid request because they are interested in buying CNG vehicles for their fleets.

“The initiative has been enormously successful,” Fallin said. “We asked auto manufacturers to develop products that were more affordable and functional. With the combined purchasing power of our 22 states, we successfully provided the incentive to do so.

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Savings on CNG vehicle bids

States interested in buying compressed natural gas vehicles have received bids for several different cars, trucks and vans. Lower prices are expected to make it more economical for states to switch to CNG.

Three-quarter ton pickups: down $5,800, or about 16 percent

Compact sedans: down $2,100, or about 8 percent

Transit cargo vans: down $1,200, or about 4 percent

Three-quarter ton vans: down $2,700, or about 8 percent

One ton vans: down $3,700, or about 11 percent

Officials still hope to get bids for four-door sedans and half-ton pickups, two of the most popular vehicles in the private sector.


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