Oklahoma and Colorado Governors Announce Winners of CNG Vehicle Initiative

  Oklahoma and Colorado Governors Announce Winners of CNG Vehicle Initiative

Chrysler, Ford, GM and Honda to deliver products that will save taxpayer

PR Newswire

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 5, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Today, 22 states selected dealers
from four of the nation's largest auto manufacturers including Chrysler, Ford,
GM and Honda to deliver compressed natural gas cargo, utility and passenger
vehicles for use in their state fleets.

For the past year, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Colorado Governor John
Hickenlooper have led a national, bi-partisan initiative to develop more
functional and affordable compressed natural gas vehicles, which has included
securing the support of 13 other governors, meetings with automobile
manufacturers in Detroit and releasing a Request for Proposal soliciting bids
for more CNG vehicles for use in state fleets.

Yesterday, Fallin and Hickenlooper announced the preliminary results of the
initiative sharing some of the success stories with the attendees of the 2012
Governor's Energy Conference in Oklahoma City.

"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. States will now have the incentive and ability to
begin converting their fleets to CNG while saving millions of dollars in
taxpayer money."

Because CNG vehicles run on cheaper fuel than gasoline-powered vehicles, they
are predicted to produce significant taxpayer savings. For instance, after
recouping CNG system costs, a three-quarter ton CNG pickup truck would still
cost about $20,000 less to operate over its life-cycle compared to its
gasoline counterpart.

Hickenlooper said that today's award will help move CNG into the marketplace,
both in and outside of government.

"This announcement represents a major success for CNG and even more
importantly for our economy," Hickenlooper said. "We believe this is the start
of a national movement to add much-needed fuel diversity to our nation's
transportation sector while at the same time creating jobs and helping to grow
local economies."

Fallin added the movement to CNG vehicles would help the environment and boost
the economy.

"CNG vehicles represent a key component of the movement towards American
energy independence," Fallin said. "Converting state fleets to CNG promotes
the use of a cleaner burning, more affordable fuel that is made right here in
the United States and supports the creation of American jobs."

Over 100 bids were submitted by dealerships in 28 states throughout the nation
representing Ford, Chrysler, General Motors and Honda. Bid details were
released today at

Both governors hope to eventually add awards for four door sedans and half-ton
pickup trucks, the two most popular models in the private sector.


Aaron Cooper, Press Secretary

Jay Albert, Deputy Secretary of Energy

SOURCE The Office of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
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