However, Cleveland mentioned several obstacles they are still trying to overcome. First, the purchase price, which he said they will hopefully be able to keep driving down. Second, the distribution of CNG because county members currently have to go to Love’s, OnCue or other private sources to fill up the vehicles.
It is also expensive to put a fuel station at a county barn, he said, adding that commissioners will try to explore options with the legislature about doing private-public partnerships to get those stations.
"As we build that demand, then we build up the infrastructure,” Fallin said. “Because of our efforts over the last couple of years, now Oklahoma has more CNG fuel stations per capita than any state in the nation.”
The governor said as the demand of CNG vehicles rises, more jobs will be created, which will generate more money for the state. It is an initiative she has been pitching to the president, as well, she said, adding that the U.S. Postal Service could benefit from the vehicles.
“We have a clean source of American-made energy, and it provides revenue back that we utilize, whether in our state or in our counties or cities. We’re excited about the efforts that are being done,” she said. “Job well done.”