SAND SPRINGS, Okla. - The city of Sand Springs is hoping to save some green while "going green" with the purchase of its first compressed natural gas vehicle.
City councilors on Monday voted to accept a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Grant in the amount of $47,000 for the purchase of a 2012 Honda Civic GX and for the purchase an installation of a CNG refueling compressor station.
Administered by the Indian Nations Council of Governments, the grant will be divided with $32,000 to go toward the compact sedan and the remaining amount to go toward the fuel pump.
Sand Springs City Manager Rocky Ross told 2NEWS once the vehicle is delivered to the city's fleet in 30 to 45 days, it will be used for administrative purposes – largely for going to meetings in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Ross said the car may be the first of a fleet of CNG vehicles to be purchased by the city.
"It's kind of a pilot project to see how best we can use CNG vehicles in the the city," he said, saying that if successful, the city may gradually replace its fleet of six garbage trucks with CNG-burning trucks as they need replacement.
"We are going for cost savings and for a cleaner environment," he said.