The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has provided yet more funds for the replacement or re-powering of older medium-duty or heavy-duty gasoline or diesel vehicles with natural gas vehicles and engines. $18 million has been made available to reimburse between 60 percent to 90 percent of the incremental cost of the natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and engines based on the fuel capacity, usage, and weight class of the grant-funded vehicles.
In June, TCEQ provided $5.4 million for NGVs purpose, under slightly different conditions, for large fleet owners to move to natural gas fuel. Grants made available in June were to reimburse between 50 percent to 80 percent of the incremental cost, with applications closing August 29.
Applications under the latest grant conditions will be accepted up until 31st May, 2013, or until all funding is awarded, whichever comes first.
Projects must result in at least a 25 percent reduction of emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX), and grant recipients must commit to operate the grant-funded vehicles in the eligible Texas counties for at least 75 percent of the annual mileage for four years or 400,000 miles, whichever occurs earlier.
Up-to-date program information and eligibility requirements are available on the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) webpage.
(This article compiled using information provided by TCEQ)