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Friday, February 19, 2010

Public, Private Partnership to Increase Presence of Natural Gas Powered Vehicles

A four year, $26.8 million program involving both public and private sector money will bring 183 new natural gas powered vehicles into the state and allow for the creation of 10 fueling stations, according to an announcement made Friday.

About $12.2 million of the $26.8 million for the Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project is coming from the federal stimulus package money awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The remainder of the money is being put up by 30 businesses that are partners in the program, said Carla York, chief executive officer of Innovation Drive, the Virginia-based technology commercialization firm contracted that will serve as project manager for the program.

The program is a joint effort of all four Clean Cities organizations in the state, said Lee Grannis, coordinator for the Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition.

Among vehicles that will be rolled out as a result of the program are 140 taxis, with half being acquired by Metro Taxi in West Haven and the remainder by Yellow Cab in Bloomfield, Grannis said.

Other alternative fuel vehicles that will be acquired through the project include 18 heavy duty tractors by Enviro Express, a Bridgeport-based solid waste and recycling firm as well as a shuttle van by Executive Valet Parking at Bradley International Airport.

The 10 fueling stations will include several locations that will be open to the public, including one at Bradley Airport, Grannis said.

See tomorrow's New Haven Register for more on this story.

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