In July, Colorado will be adding 80 compressed natural gas vehicles to the State Fleet. Colorado purchased CNG vehicles in the 1980’s but only had 25 of the vehicles up until 2006.
In 2011 an effort was launched by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. The goal is to encourage car manufacturers to produce more CNG cars. Although CNG cars cost more than the average vehicle, the saving’s on fuel and maintenance are expected to recover the initial higher expense of approximately $10,000.
The expansion of compressed natural gas vehicles on the market will also boost the natural gas industry. The Colorado Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (CNGVC) promotes natural gas as an alternative transportation fuel through vehicles and fueling infrastructure development in CO. More information can be found at Clean Cities.