The Conway City Council unanimously approved a bid from Crain Automotive for the installation of compressed natural gas conversion kits to eight new police vehicles and one new animal welfare vehicle on Tuesday.
Conway police Chief A.J. Gary said the acceptance of Crain’s bid, estimated at $114,992.25, will make for 19 vehicles, including 18 police units, that have CNG conversion kits.
Gary said the city received two bids, one from Crain and another from Fuel Conversions Solutions, based in Missouri, which was estimated at $85,650.
“Fuel Conversion Solutions, being in Grain Valley, Mo., is going to be way too far for us to travel and do that,” he said.
Gary also said the company did not provide documents for insurance and certification from a state or federal entity, which he said is required.
Gary said Crain’s bid, which included tax, would end up being cheaper than the other bid, which did not include tax. Crain Automotive also assured that the vehicle’s warranty would not be affected if something occurs with the conversion kits, Gary said.
Conway’s first CNG fueling station, located on East Oak Street, is expected to open in the next few weeks.
“We hope to be first in line to start putting natural gas in the tanks,” Gary said.
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