Utah Fleet Veering Away from Natural Gas, Toward Ethanol
22 July 2007
Salt Lake Tribune. Managers of Utah’s state fleet are rejecting natural gas vehicles—which the governor embraces—in favor of E85 flex-fuel vehicles.
The managers of the massive state fleet are abandoning natural gas, saying the vehicles are too expensive and drivers didn't like searching for stations that carry the alternative fuel.
Instead they have bought more than 600 flex-fuel vehicles, which can run on normal gas or E85 ethanol. And almost all are running on gasoline because E85 ethanol is not readily available in the state. It is more expensive to truck it in from the Midwest, where it is produced from corn, than to ship in gasoline.
Fleet managers say they intend to start buying hybrids next year.
We don’t have any plans to buy any additional [natural gas cars]. The industry is going away from that.—Margaret Chambers, Fleet Director
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