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Oklahoma Honda dealer offering CNG discount to state employees

Tulsa's Don Carlton Honda is making compressed natural gas-fueled Honda Civics available to state employees at the same discounted price the state gets as it add more of the alternative fuel to its vehicle fleet.
BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com Published: March 15, 2013
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He said Oklahoma has enough CNG fueling stations that he isn't worried about any “range issues” as he switches away from gasoline.

Williams said the CNG Civic gets about 39 miles a gallon, giving it an average range of about 250 miles on a single tank of gas.

Increased interest

Williams said she has seen increased interest in the CNG Civic due to rising gasoline prices. A number of state employees have made purchases, even though the program is only a couple of weeks old.

She said Gov. Mary Fallin's focus on adding CNG vehicles to the state fleet has made them a visible option for state employees and others.

Williams said the state started placing orders in November, accounting for about 10 percent of the CNG sales in the nation for that month. She figures that number has grown since then.

Eric Rosenberg, who manages Honda's Civic Natural Gas program, said the multistate bid has attracted a lot of attention.

“There was a lot of press and all the states involved garnered a good deal of public relations benefit,” Rosenberg said in an email. “Unfortunately, only one state (Oklahoma) has firmly embraced their commitment and has invested in a significant number of Civic CNGs this year.”

Albert said some states may have made CNG purchases that did not show up on the multistate bid because they have put out duplicate bid requests for the same vehicle.

Oklahoma has ordered more than 200 CNG vehicles since receiving bids in October.