On Thursday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper “announced the preliminary results of a multistate solicitation designed to encourage auto manufacturers in the U.S. to develop more functional and affordable compressed natural gas vehicles.” A total of 22 states have now shown their intent to purchase NGVs. Under the RFP issued, local government agencies located in these states also would have the ability to buy NGVs off of the state schedules. That means automakers could see several thousand orders for NGVs in the coming year. On Friday, Colorado and Oklahoma officials, on hand at the NGVAmerica Conference in Chicago, provided additional details on the NGV solicitation. Officials received interest from over 100 dealerships located in 28 states. Based on the results in Oklahoma, it appears that state purchasing agencies will be able to purchase NGVs at very competitive prices.
This solicitation is intended to show that there is demand for NGVs and to drive product availability. Governors Fallin and Hickenlooper have been at the forefront of the effort to get Detroit to make more NGVs available for purchase. The initiative, which began only a year ago, is poised to have a major impact on the NGV industry. In the coming weeks and months, we will start to get an idea of just how big an impact this will have on the industry. What we already know is that there are a wide variety of OEM and OEM-backed NGVs now available for purchase and a lot of dealer interest. The dealerships that responded will be offering NGVs made by or supported by Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, and Honda. The process in place likely will be used again next year for more NGV purchases.
The types of vehicles offered will include:
• Chevrolet Express Cargo Van
• Chevrolet ¾ quarter ton pickup truck
• Chrysler Ram 2500
• Honda Civic
• Ford Transit Connect
• Ford F-250
• Ford F-350
• Ford Econoline Van
Those interested can now view the bids that were awarded by the state at https://www.ok.gov/dcs/solicit/app/solicitationDetail.php?conID=410. You can view the dealerships awarded, the types of vehicles that are available for purchase, and the price that will be charged for these vehicles.