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A Plea to Get More CNG Vehicles on the Roads

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Politics.
August 8, 2012

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Automobile manufacturers met in Oklahoma City on Wednesday to look at a Multi-State Natural gas Vehicle Initiative to create more CNG cars for state fleets.

The group in the Chesapeake Energy room at the Oklahoma History Center got a chance to hear from Governor Fallin who has led the charge in the initiative.

The Governor told industry leaders that she’s concerned about new fuel efficiency standards being put forth by the Obama Administration.

Fallin says she and Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado have sent a letter asking the President to not favor electric over CNG vehicles, but to level the playing field.

“To be technology neutral in their rules and regulations so that we can help move the opportunities available for another platform and that is for CNG vehicles.”

In all, 22 states have expressed an interest in joining in the request for proposal to buy the cars.

Governor Fallin says she’s very excited about this bipartisan initiative which could help change the dynamics of the driving landscape in the US.

She says Oklahoma is looking at buying about 500 CNG vehicles with Colorado buying about 700.

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