The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded approximately $3 million in grants for clean vehicle projects in the state.
The funding, which comes from the commonwealth’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants (AFIG) Program, supports the replacement of older shuttles, school buses, waste-hauling trucks, and other vehicles with cleaner natural gas and electric vehicles (EVs), as well as the installation of fueling stations for such vehicles.
These include funding and partial funding for:
- Eight two-plug EV charging stations and nine EVs for the City of Pittsburgh
- Five propane-autogas bi-fuel vehicles for the McCandless Township Sanitary Authority
- Six propane-powered school buses for the Centennial School District
- Eight compressed natural gas (CNG) powered school buses for the Lower Merion School District
- An EV for the Hanover Township
- Forty-nine propane powered school buses for the East Stroudsburg Area School District
- Conversion of two trucks to run on CNG/gasoline bi-fuel for White Township
- An EV for the Ferguson Township
- Five EVs and three hybrid-electric vehicles for Penn State University
- Ten CNG-powered buses for the Williamsport Bureau of Transportation.
The DEP also provided grants to commerical and nonprofit fleets.
“Every alternative-fuel vehicle that replaces a gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicle not only saves owners money but moves Pennsylvania a bit closer toward a cleaner, healthier environment,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell in a release. “Reducing emissions is essential to slowing climate change and its negative health and safety, economic, and environmental impacts on our communities.”