WV VEHICLE FLEET Report Says At Least One-Fourth Of State Vehicle Fleet Should Switch To Natural Gas
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Feb. 21, 2013 2:22 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 21, 2013 2:28 PM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
A new report said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin should quickly start switching at least one-fourth of West Virginia's vehicle fleet to natural gas.
A task force study commissioned by the governor recommends converting nearly 2,000 vehicles within four years.
Thursday's report said switching would cost between $8,000 for a sedan to $35,000 for a heavy-duty truck. But it also estimates recouping that investment and then saving up to $5,000 per vehicle within seven years. Those savings would come sooner if gas and diesel prices continue to rise.
The study identifies which counties should host natural gas fueling stations. A recommended tax credit worth up to $400,000 would encourage their construction.
Tomblin has already embraced another task force finding, by proposing legislation to revamp the alternative fuel tax credit.
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