First of 242 Pickups to State Was Delivered Wednesday
Chrysler said Wednesday that the State of Oklahoma, its largest customer to date for the Ram 2500 CNG bi-fuel pickup, began taking deliveries on March 6. Chrysler network development and fleet VP Peter Grady presented the keys to one of the trucks to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin today at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in Oklahoma City.
Fallin has been a tireless proponent of CNG, and was instrumental in the sales of CNG Rams to other states. ODoT will use the Ram CNG pickups primarily as service trucks on the state’s roads and highways.
The Ram CNG pickups delivered last week were purchased through John Vance Motors, a Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Truck dealership in Guthrie, Okla., north of Oklahoma City.
The Ram 2500 CNG has now been ordered by 19 states since it was launched at the Work Truck Show just one year ago. Demand has been “fantastic, especially from fleet and commercial customers,” Ram president & CEO Fred Diaz said at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
OEM-Built in Saltillo, Mexico
The truck was made available for retail sale two months ago.
“Chrysler Group is delighted that we can deliver these unique Ram pickup trucks today to Gov. Fallin, a steadfast champion in the use of compressed natural gas vehicles in state fleets,” Grady said in a release. “Through the governor’s tireless efforts to form a coalition of states, 13 Ram Truck dealers have landed contracts with 19 states to supply their fleets with the new Ram 2500 CNG pickup trucks.”
“Converting the state’s fleet to CNG will save taxpayers millions of dollars in fuel costs,” said Fallin. “The use of cleaner-burning CNG fuel is good for the environment and promotes Oklahoma-made natural gas which in turn supports the creation of more Oklahoma jobs. Our multi-state bidding process was aimed at encouraging automakers to provide states with more affordable and more functional CNG vehicles.”
Production of the CNG Ram began in Mexico this past October. Chrysler emphasizes that it is the only CNG pickup truck in North America built on an OEM’s own production line instead of being converted by aftermarket upfitters. The Ram 2500 CNG is built at Chrysler’s at the company’s heavy duty truck plant in Saltillo, near Monterrey.
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Source: Chrysler with Fleets & Fuels at the Work Truck Show and follow-up