The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has approved the purchase of an additional 21 compressed natural gas (CNG) pickup trucks and two liquefied natural gas heavy-duty (LNG) trucks with 4,000-gallon water tanks as part of its Vehicle Replacement and Alternative Fuels Vehicles programs.

Nineteen of the CNG trucks are being purchased to replace similar vehicles at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) that have reached the end of their useful lives, as well as two additional ones.

The trucks will be used by various divisions at Los Angeles International (LAX), LA/Ontario International (LA/ONT) and Van Nuys (VNY), three of the cityís four airports owned and operated by the cityís airport agency, Los Angeles World Airports.

The LNG water-tank trucks are needed to replace two similar diesel-powered vehicles used at LAX and LA/ONT that have reached the end of their useful lives, airport officials said.

Reynolds Buick, Inc. will provide ten CNG pickup trucks at a cost not to exceed $581,415, and Maurice J. Sopp & Son will provide 11 additional CNG pickup trucks for an amount not to exceed $644,932.

In addition, Inland Kenworth, Inc. will provide the two water-tank trucks for a cost not to exceed $610,244.

Los Angeles World Airport officials said they believe that alternative-fuel vehicles are important elements in meeting Californiaís future energy needs.

Plans are under way to convert all of airport departmentís fleet to alternative-fuel use.