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Colorado makes CNG push

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The federal government is giving Colorado $30 million to increase the use of CNG in vehicles. Governor John Hickenlooper announced the federal grant this morning, while speaking to the Denver Petroleum Club.

Gov. Hickenlooper says the money will be used to build CNG fueling stations, as well as to purchase natural gas fueled vehicles.

One of the biggest draw backs to CNG fueled vehicles is the lack of infrastructure. Drivers are reluctant to purchase cars and trucks that run on natural gas because there are very few places to fuel them.

Governor Hickenlooper says he is committed to pursuing natural gas fueled vehicles because they "are cleaner and save money". The governor says they could be especially useful for rural school districts that could save up to $25,000 annually, by switching to buses that run on compressed natural gas.

Hickenlooper was part of a delegation that met with Detroit auto designers and asked for more vehicles that could run on CNG. He said that 22 states have joined in an initiative to save money through switching to natural gas vehicles.

General Motors, Ford and Chrysler all offer pick-up trucks that can be run on CNG. GM just announced that the new Chevrolet Impala will be available in a natural gas version.

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