NORMAN — A plan pushed by county commissioners to convert light-duty county trucks to compressed natural gas has run out of fuel.
Lawmakers voted down a plan for the state to finance the conversions. County Commissioner Rod Cleveland, one of the plan’s major proponents, said the fund would have converted up to 2,500 county pickups, thus creating more of a market for CNG.
“Our goal is to get every county with CNG vehicles to reap the potential savings from using CNG and to spread CNG infrastructure statewide,” Cleveland said.
We hope HB 2954 comes back up next legislative session. An amendment would have added cities and school vehicles to the mix.
Norman has started investing in CNG vehicles, as have some other Oklahoma cities and towns.
In the meantime, commissioners should buy CNG vehicles as they make replacement purchases for their fleet.
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