Chrysler Group LLC has begun the delivery of 242 new 2013 Ram 2500 bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) pickup trucks to the state of Oklahoma, fulfilling an order originally announced last fall. This deal represents Chrysler's largest customer order since production of the Ram CNG trucks began in October.
Peter Grady, Chrysler's vice president of network development and fleet, gave the keys to one of the pickups to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday during a ceremony at the Department of Transportation in Oklahoma City. Fallin has been leading the charge for CNG vehicles in the state and nationwide.
‘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. ‘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.’
The Ram 2500 CNG is the only OEM-built CNG-powered pickup truck in North America. Oklahoma's pickups were purchased through John Vance Motors, a Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Truck dealership in Guthrie, Okla.
The CNG system was engineered and tested by Chrysler Group and assembled at the company's plant in Saltillo, Mexico.