Funding is available to cover up to 50 percent of the incremental cost for retrofit or purchase of five (5) or more fleet vehicles. Eligible technologies include electric, natural gas -- including compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG), biofuels, alcohol, hydrogen, and propane. For natural gas technologies, vehicles must have a gross weight of 26,000 lbs. or less. A single applicant cannot exceed $250,000 in program benefits.
|Courtesy US Department of Energy, NREL|
Another funding category is for "Innovative Technology Project." Under this category, an organization could receive matched funding up to 50 percent of the project cost. Projects must be innovative technologies or advanced research and development projects that are expected to result in commercial application. An example would be a new type of electric vehicle charging platform which would be the first deployment of this type of technology in Pennsylvania and has not had significant commercial success elsewhere.
Want to learn more? Attend the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation workshop in Willamsport, March 26. (The Eastern PA Alliance for Clean Transportation was formerly known as the Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities program)
Evan Endres is a project manager for the PennFuture Energy Center and is based in Pittsburgh.