Leasing

City of Norman to Use Alt-Fuel Vehicles

April 09, 2009

NORMAN, OK – City council members adopted a comprehensive alternative fuel program they believe will be better for the environment and save money in the long run, according to NewsOK.com.

Over time, the city plans to purchase more compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles and invest in infrastructure to support a slow-fill method for these CNG vehicles. Council members approved the plan in and a grant application to start the program back in February.

Public Works Director Shawn O'Leary said the start-up money would be used to buy two trash collection trucks fueled by compressed natural gas and to build a slow-fill station that could accommodate up to 10 vehicles at a time. If only a portion of the grant money is received, O'Leary said the city would use it to buy the garbage trucks rather than build the filling station. The city then would buy compressed natural gas from the University of Oklahoma.

Norman is the first city in the state to adopt a comprehensive alternative fuel plan and one of only a few nationwide, O'Leary said.

Other alternative fuel sources incorporated into the plan include biodiesel and flex fuel. Flex fuel is about 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline.

Fleet superintendent Mike White said the city's current fleet of 867 vehicles includes 82 vehicles that use alternative fuels.

To prepare for compressed natural gas use, he said, the city already has trained and certified two of its mechanics to work on that type of vehicle.

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

Article News

Popular Stories

FleetFAQ

Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Recent Topics

At the City of Kirkwood, charging out direct labor hours is taken very seriously and one of my technicians posed a very good question....

View Topic

Hello to all the members I am checking to see if anyone is using a company for GPS/AVL called Fleet Complete (AT&T)? I would like to...

View Topic

Fleet Documents

1134 Fleet Documents (and counting) to Download!

Sponsored by

The NETS is dedicated to mproving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities they live in.

Read more