This Monday (July 16th), Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin plan to meet in Detroit with executives at Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. The governors will discuss with the automakers the multi-state agreement Colorado and Oklahoma initiated last fall with 11 other states to promote the use of NGVs. “Natural gas vehicles provide clean, affordable transportation that can increase our nation’s energy security and bolster economic development,” Hickenlooper said. “We believe there will is strong interest in natural gas vehicles and we want to leverage the collective purchasing power of state fleets to jumpstart that market. These meetings will help establish a mutually beneficial partnership between the 13 states on the agreement and the auto companies.” The governors will also tour the auto manufacturing plants and drive NGVs during the visit of the manufacturers.
The Memorandum of Understanding is a bi-partisan, coordinated effort to develop functional and affordable OEM fleet NGVs that will also meet public demand. States signed on to the MOU to date are: Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming. Additional states are expected to participate in a formal vehicle solicitation, which is scheduled for release later this summer.