Utah Governor Converting to Natural Gas Vehicle; More Vehicles May Follow
3 June 2007
Salt Lake Tribune. Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. is converting his 2005 Chevrolet Suburban to run on natural gas.
The governor is paying for the $10,000 - $15,000 expense himself, and said it was both a protest vote against high gasoline taxes and a small contribution to improving air quality.
It also raises the prospect that the state soon may consider converting more of its substantial fleet of automobiles and trucks to run on the clean-burning fuel. Only about 123 of the state’s 7,300 vehicles run on natural gas. “Natural gas and other alternative fuels are things we’re always looking at,” said Sam Lee, deputy director of fleet operations for the state. “And the governor has made it very clear expanding the use of alternative fuels [ethanol, biodiesel or natural gas] is one of his priorities.”
Utah has one of the best CNG filling station infrastructures in the nation with 25 public refueling sites from St. George to Logan. Two more facilities, one in Bountiful and another in Brigham City, are due to go on line by the end of the year. There are another 75 privately operated refueling stations.
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