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State Urged to Convert Nearly 2,000 Vehicles to Natural Gas
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 21, 2013 @ 8:03PM
Created on February 21, 2013 @ 6:18PM
 
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A new report says 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 says 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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