West Virginia announces Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force

With rising petrol prices putting pressure on many fleet managers around the world, it is important to identify ways in which you can improve the efficiency of your company's vehicles.

In West Virginia, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has taken a unique approach towards reducing the financial impact of fuel costs amongst government vehicles in the state.

Mr Tomblin today (July 12) announced the formation of a special task force of council members and industry representatives who will meet with the aim of assessing the feasibility of transitioning the state’s vehicle fleet to natural gas.

"I look forward to joining the members of the Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force at their first meeting," said Governor Tomblin.

"The members’ knowledge and skill in producing, transporting and retailing of natural gas will help us to determine whether we can use our state’s abundance of natural gas to fuel our state’s transportation needs."

For businesses that don't have a bountiful supply of natural gas on hand, there are often a range of other methods they might consider in order to reduce fleet costs. 

A fleet management program can provide guidance around fuel management and offer various solutions to reducing consumption, such as changing vehicle configuration or driver behaviour.

The first meeting of the West Virginia Natural Gas Task Force is set to take place July 12 at 1pm (local time).