Ultimate Goal is Full Commitmen by U.S. Manufacturers
Oklahoma’s Department of Central Services is looking for bids for a wide range of natural gas vehicles, floating a solicitation on Tuesday on behalf of NASPO, the National Association of State Procurement Officials.
The procurement covers Oklahoma, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.
According to rough Oklahoma estimates, which the state says may be low, the multi-state buy could involve more than 800 sedans (mostly mid- and full-size), 400 half-ton trucks, and 480 three-quarter ton trucks, as well as other vehicles.
The Governors Want the OEMs On Board
According to an MoU signed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and a dozen other state chief executives, the states want U.S. manufacturers “to develop a functional and affordable” OEM fleet of NGVs.
State agencies, they said, “will endeavor to provide a demand base sufficient to support the design, manufacture, and sale of functional and affordable OEM NGVs by automotive manufacturers in the United States.”
The ultimate goal is for factory NGVs to be available to fleets and the public through normal distribution channels.
Bids under Oklahoma’s Solicitation SW035C are due September 7. A solicitation overview meeting will be held in Oklahoma City on August 8.
Questions will be accepted until August 14.
Purchases will be coordinated through the new WSCA/NASPO eMarket Center. WSCA is the Western States Contracting Alliance.
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Source: Oklahoma Department of Central Services and Fleets & Fuels background