On Friday, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced that bids for the 2013 model year statewide motor vehicle contract will include compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled vehicles. This comes as a request from his Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force. This contract will make available 36 different vehicle types and sizes for West Virginia’s state agencies and local governments. Of the 36 different vehicle types and sizes , ten types will be fueled by CNG. “The Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force had asked I consider requiring the upcoming state vehicle fleet contract to include CNG fueled vehicles,” Governor Tomblin said. “This morning the contract is officially out to bid, putting us one step closer to our goal of using the abundant clean-burning natural gas produced right here in West Virginia to fuel our state fleet.”
The task force is exploring interest in partnerships with and among natural gas producers, infrastructure developers, vehicle manufacturers, and other industry leaders to expand the natural gas fueling infrastructure in West Virginia. The contract bid is in Friday’s West Virginia Purchasing Bulletin. The Purchasing Division will hold a pre-bid conference August 22, and the bid opening is scheduled for September 6. Additional information is available to prospective bidders and can be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Division at 304.558.4785 or 304.558.2306.