Love’s to offer compressed natural gas fuel for vehicles
The City of Sand Springs was awarded $29,703 through INCOG’s Clean Cities Program with Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) public fleet conversion funds. With these funds, the City recently purchased its first Bi-Fuel vehicle, a Ford F250, which can operate on either Compressed Natural Gas or gasoline.
This type of truck, known as Bi-Fuel, eliminates the primary concern of many prospective CNG drivers, being stranded far away from a CNG station. By seamlessly switching to gasoline when the CNG tank is empty, the driver can continue to drive normally until they are able to locate a CNG fueling station.
“This truck will help our department be more cost-effective and efficient,” said Deputy Fire Chief Justin Hall. “We are excited about the grant from Clean Cities and are eager to utilize our new vehicle.”
In Oklahoma, CNG is quickly becoming the alternative fuel of choice. A fueling infrastructure is rapidly developing to meet the demands of a growing customer base, and Oklahoma is a top 5 producer of natural gas.
Using CNG helps reduce fleet operations budgets, and allows more of the money we spend on fuel to stay in Oklahoma therefore, strengthening our economy.
“It makes sense that we would use a cost saving fuel alternative in our vehicles,” Hall said.
The current retail price for a gasoline gallon equivalent of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in Oklahoma is between $1.65-$1.80.