Oklahoma Department of Transportation adds 160 CNG vehicles to its fleet

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has added 160 compressed natural gas vehicles to the department's statewide fleet, state officials announced Tuesday.

The department has four Honda Civics, which are ready for use by the agency, and 156 three-quarter ton Dodge Ram pickups, which the agency expects to receive in January and put into use immediately. The vehicles primarily will be used by field division offices across the state.

"Converting our state fleets to CNG will not only save millions in taxpayer dollars in fuel costs, but it promotes the use of a cleaner burning fuel made in the United States and the creation of American jobs," Gov. Mary Fallin said.

"As we see more state agencies replace traditional fuel vehicles with CNG vehicles, the cost savings for taxpayers will be significant."

Fallin is leading a bipartisan coalition of 22 states seeking to use more CNG vehicles in their state fleets. She announced the start of the project at the inaugural Governors Energy Conference in 2011.

Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Gary Ridley said ODOT's fleet had been rapidly aging due to years of cutbacks on vehicle purchases. The new CNG vehicles, which officials said cost a total of $5 million, will allow the agency to modernize its fleet.

The state estimates that each CNG vehicle will save approximately $20,000 over the life of the vehicle in fuel and maintenance as compared with a traditional fuel vehicle.

Ridley said the plans are to replace more than 90 percent of the fleet at ODOT and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority with CNG vehicles in the next three years.​

This article was first published by Tulsa World.


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