San Juan County in New Mexico has added a new bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) truck to its fleet and has plans to add two more later this year.
The county told KOB News that the truck is the first in its fleet to be converted – but hopefully not the last. As reported, the county got a grant from Praxair for the nearly $10,000 changeover, as it now runs on regular unleaded and CNG.
“Where we are going to see the savings is at the pump,” says County CEO Kim Carpenter. “The fact that it is supporting the industry in the area … we are hoping it will pay for itself in 24 months.”
The county made a deal with Bubble City Truck Stop – the only CNG filling station in the county – so that truck operators can fuel up for $1.49 per gallon regardless of gas price volatility over the next year.