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USU Getting Rid of Natural Gas-Powered Trucks

USU Getting Rid of Natural Gas-Powered Trucks



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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Problems with the school's fleet of natural gas-powered trucks are prompting Utah State University to get rid of the vehicles.

USU's director of business services Eileen Campbell says the trucks are unreliable.

The school first leased the trucks from the state in 1998 and Campbell says the problems began almost immediately.

She says most of the trucks were built to run on standard gas or compressed natural gas but when compressed natural gas was put in the trucks they sputtered and died.

She says the large fuel tanks took up a lot of room in the truck's bed, leaving less room for tools and equipment.

The school has replaced the trucks with regular gasoline vehicles, but will look into hybrid trucks or golf carts in the future.

The school also uses nine buses, which run on natural gas that they are happy with.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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