LAWRENCE, KS – The City of Lawrence, Kan., is testing an F-150 pickup truck converted so it can run on natural gas or gasoline. The City worked with Black Hills Energy and Fuel Conversion Solutions to convert the vehicle. Natural gas costs in the area run between $1.50 and $1.75 compared to an equivalent gallon of diesel fuel.

“It is important we continue to evaluate our fleet and make sure we implement cost-effective solutions that also fulfill the sustainability goals we have for the city,” said Lawrence’s Mayor Bob Schumm. “This vehicle is another opportunity to learn more about the environmental and economic benefits of alternative-fueled vehicles.”

In terms of other alternative-fuel vehicles in the City’s fleet, it currently has three Prius Hybrids, a hybrid electric aerial lift truck, and a low-speed electric vehicle in its fleet. In addition, the City used grant funds to reduce emissions of 14 diesel-fueled vehicles in its fleet.