Washington City Begins Converting Fleet to CNG, Opens Fueling Station
March 24, 2011
WASHINGTON CITY, UTAH – With gas prices rising, Washington City is taking proactive measures to ensure it can reduce its fuel spend. The City has used grant money from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to convert six of its 2008 Ford pickups to run on CNG, with another 2011 Ford pickup on order that will undergo conversion. Beyond vehicle conversions, the City also received grant money to install a CNG fueling facility. Government Fleet spoke with Mike Shaw, public works director for the City about these changes to the fleet.
The DOE grant provided $211,000 for vehicle conversions and $193,765 for the fueling facility. The fueling facility will also be open to the public. Shaw said the grant will cover the first eight vehicle conversions and the additional conversions are on a 50-percent match.
Why natural gas? “Natural gas is clean burning, economical, domestically produced and in abundant supply, and has a superior range over electric,” Shaw said.
He added that the vehicles will save the City thousands of dollars each year. “On average each vehicle uses 1,000 gallons of fuel each year. With the cost savings on fuel alone, the City will save around $2,330 per vehicle each year. Running on CNG will also extend the life of the vehicle as well as cut down on maintenance costs. Vehicle services will go from 3,000 miles to 12,000 miles.”
Shaw said City fleet technicians will receive training on maintaining vehicles with these fueling systems and employees driving these trucks will receive training on fueling them properly.
To see more pictures of the CNG fueling station, check out the gallery of images we received from Mike Shaw: Washington City, Utah, CNG Fueling Station
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Washington City Opens Natural gas Refueling Station and Begins Clean Fleet Transition
Robin Erickson, Contributor
New Natural gas station in Washington City, Utah. (UCCC photo)
(Washington City, UT) - Utah motorists and others who drive vehicles powered by clean-burning natural gas will celebrate the opening of a new natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Washington City. The Washington City Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00AM, Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the new station located at the Washington City Public Works yard, 1305 East Washington Dam Road, Washington City, Utah.
Southern Central Director of Utah Clean Cities Robin Erickson said "This partnership effort was made possible from a grant through the Department of Energy. This grant will provide Washington City the ability to convert their fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG) and provide a CNG refueling station open to the public," she said.
Washington City Mayor Kenneth Neilson has been waiting for the opportunity to move to a cleaning burning fleet. "We are excited about our fleet using the cleanest burning fuel made in Utah," said Mayor Nielson. "We are building a better future for our city to grow and build upon, saving money, breathing easier and protecting the environment."
When asked to comment, Senator Hatch said, "Natural gas is helping our state and country reduce its dependency on foreign oil. Natural gas is abundant, affordable and domestic, and using more of it in our vehicles will make America stronger. I applaud Washington City for its fine leadership in moving energy independence forward."
"We are proud of Washington City and Mayor Neilson for leading the way in the southern part of the state showing others how to effectively use an abundant American-made fuel," said Ted Wilson, Senior Advisor on Environmental Matters.
State Senator Stephen Urquhart said, "We're fortunate that Utah's legislators and regulators value clean air and the use of domestic fuel enough to help keep natural gas for vehicles priced at an attractive rate." The pump price for natural gas is only $1.27. This opening marks the 33rd public access NGV refueling station in Utah.
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