The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

State News

August 12, 2012

State fleet to include use of natural gas

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s new government fleet contract will include vehicles fueled by natural gas.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said that 10 of the 2013 model year contract’s 36 vehicle types will be fueled by compressed natural gas.

Tomblin says in a news release that a task force he created in June requested the inclusion of natural gas vehicles in the new contract.

The Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force also is looking at ways to expand the infrastructure for natural gas fueling in the state.

West Virginia had several compressed natural gas filing centers in operation in the 1990s but they failed to catch on with consumers.

Tomblin says natural gas vehicle can be fueled for $1.50 to $2 a gallon.

The Purchasing Division plans to open bids for the contract Sept. 6.

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