On Tuesday, Oklahoma’s Department of Central Services issued a request for proposals (RFP) that could eventually lead to the purchase of thousands of NGVs. The announcement comes a week after the governors of Colorado and Oklahoma sat down with officials from Chrysler, Ford, and GM to discuss their desires that the automakers supply more NGVs for the U.S. market. The RFP indicates that the participating states intend to develop a statewide contract for purchasing NGVs. The initial contract is intended for use by the twenty-one states that have submitted an intent-to-participate document with the National Association of State Purchasing Officers (NASPO). The twenty-one states include the thirteen states that previously signed onto the NGV MOU (Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming), plus eight more states (Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia). The RFP indicates that other states are invited to participate as well. All of the states contracting for the purchase of NGVs are expected to sign participating addendums to the Oklahoma contract, and may need to negotiate additional terms of conditions with vendors.
The RFP indicates that state authorities are looking to receive bids on the following types of bi-fuel and dedicated NGVs: compact sedans, mid- to full-size sedans, half-ton truck, three-quarter ton truck, three-quarter ton cargo van, one ton cargo van, and transit cargo van. Vehicles offered for purchase in states that have adopted the California emission standards (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Vermont) must meet California’s emissions regulations.
The timing for interested vendors:
- Solicitation overview meeting—Aug. 8
- Questions from suppliers—Aug. 14
- Solicitation responses due—Sept. 7
- Award announcements—Oct. 5
The original contract period is expected to run for twelve months with the option to renew for two additional one-year periods, which means that the solicitation will more than likely involve several different model years. To view the entire solicitation, click here.