Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced bids for the 2013 model year statewide motor vehicle contract will include compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled vehicles. This comes as a request from his Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force. After awarded, this contract will make available 36 different types and sized vehicles for state agencies and local governments in West Virginia. Of the 36 different types and sized vehicles, ten types will be fueled by compressed natural gas.
"The Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force had asked I consider requiring the upcoming state vehicle fleet contract to include CNG fueled vehicles," Gov. Tomblin said. "This morning the contract is officially out to bid, putting us one step closer to our goal of using the abundant clean-burning natural gas produced right here in West Virginia to fuel our state fleet."
The task force is exploring interest in partnerships with and among natural gas producers, infrastructure developers, vehicle manufacturers, and other industry leaders to expand the natural gas fueling infrastructure in West Virginia. Once the infrastructure is in place, West Virginians will also begin to see the financial savings of the switch. Natural gas vehicles can be filled up for as little as $1.50-$2.00 a gallon.
The contract bid is in today's West Virginia Purchasing Bulletin. The Purchasing Division will hold a pre-bid conference August 22nd and the bid opening is scheduled for September 6th. Additional information is available to prospective bidders and can be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Division at 304-558-4785 or 304-558-2306.