State hopes to begin pilot program for natural gas cars - - Jackson, MS

State hopes to begin pilot program for natural gas cars

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A display at the State Capitol showed off the cost-saving benefits of natural gas powered cars and trucks.

Now the hope is to start a pilot program in Mississippi to convert state operated vehicles from traditional fuel.

This is not new technology.

The Germans used it in World War II.

The real advantage now, is cost.

Regular gasoline is now selling for about $3.44 a gallon on the national average, $2.00 a gallon natural gas sounds real good, particularly to fleet operations.

Kent Meadows of natural gas vehicles solutions of Flowood has extensive experience with natural gas powered vehicles.

"So you get the same power, the same gas mileage, reduced emissions out the tail pipe, extended engine life and oil changes," Meadows said.

Governor Phil Bryant promised a pilot program for state operated vehicles in his State of the State address.

"The plan includes asking the Department of Finance and Administration, to implement a pilot program on transitioning to an automobile and toward gas powered cars and trucks," Gov. Bryant said.

It now costs about $10,000 to convert a vehicle to burn natural gas and there are no natural gas service stations in Mississippi for the public.

I drove a natural gas powered pickup and found it had slightly more power with natural gas than it did with gasoline.

This is the way you may fuel cars in the future.

Now Honda is the only manufacturer making them ready for gas.

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