Fallin leads effort to seek affordable CNG vehicles
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT NewsOK.com
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
5/01/12 at 3:56 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin and 12 other governors asked nearly 20 auto manufacturers Monday to produce more affordable compressed natural gas vehicles for state fleets that also would be available for the average car buyer.
The nonpartisan effort, first announced last fall by Fallin and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, also would increase the demand for natural gas and likely reverse plummeting natural gas prices, which would aid energy-rich states such as Oklahoma.
Natural gas producers pay a state tax on their production so new markets should help the state's coffers and make it more of a reliable revenue stream.
"Despite their potential as a much more affordable form of transportation, CNG vehicles continue to be held back by a chicken-and-egg scenario," Fallin said. "Consumers won't buy cars with limited fueling stations and high price points, and the industry can't build an affordable car without adequate demand.
Original Print Headline: States make push for CNG
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