City to buy 10 alternative-fuel vehicles
Observant residents could see 10 more city of Grand Junction compressed natural gas vehicles on the road in the coming months.
Grand Junction city councilors on Wednesday approved the purchase of a spate of vehicles, which includes one pickup, seven utility trucks and two dump trucks. Total cost of the vehicles is $623,869 to be obtained from several vendors.
The Ford F350 pickup with a snowplow and other amenities was purchased from AutoNation Ford in Littleton for $52,685; three 3/4- ton utility trucks were obtained from Johnson Auto Plaza in Brighton for $115,740; four 1/2-ton pickup trucks were purchased from Barbee’s Freeway Ford in Denver for $118,752; and two tandem-axle dump trucks were purchased from TransWest/McDonald of Grand Junction for $336,682.
The vehicle purchases are part of a scheduled replacement routine and were planned through the budget process, according to Jay Valentine, the city’s internal services manager.
Purchasing vehicles that are fueled on compressed natural gas cost more than gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles, however city officials estimate those cost savings are realized within a few years as compressed natural gas is less expensive. Also, compressed natural gas is a cleaner burning fuel, and investing in the vehicles supports the city’s mission to be environmentally friendly and utilize the city’s existing compressed natural gas filling stations.