City of Portland contracts with Community College to convert vehicles to natural gas


July 21, 2017. Portland has vehicles it wants to convert to running on compressed natural gas (CNG). Linn-Benton Community College has students learning how to do such conversions.

For officials at the community college's Advanced Transportation Technology Center (ATTC) in Lebanon, it's the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Eight students with the ATTC's Gaseous Fuels Conversions class are finishing the first conversion to compressed natural gas for Portland city officials this week. They are working on a 2013 GMC pickup that will be used in Portland's environmental services division. 

Five vehicles are currently contracted for conversion, with three more on the way and dozens more expected after that.