February 24, 2015

Colorado keeps alternative fuel vehicles on the road with grant program

Are you considering natural gas or other alternative fuel for your fleet in Colorado? There’s only one 
week left to apply for this cycle of Alt Fuels Colorado program funding.

With applications due March 3, 2015, funding of up to 80 percent of the incremental cost of a Class 2 to Class 8 alternative fuel vehicle is available in 11 Colorado counties.

The grant covers light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles – from pickups to refuse trucks – operated by public, private or non-profit fleets. Alternative fuel vehicles must be new, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) models powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG or propane autogas), electricity (EV), or CNG bi-fuel.

Eligible fleets include those based, “in or near the Colorado ozone non-attainment and/or carbon monoxide maintenance areas” and operating at least 60 percent of the time in those areas.[1]

The ALT Fuels Colorado program is managed in partnership with the Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC), Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). The program is targeting the replacement of pre-2010 diesel and gasoline vehicles with a goal of 1,000 new alternative fuel vehicles over four years. Private and public fleets are eligible for different funding amounts, also based on vehicle size/class. Private fleets may also be eligible for State of Colorado tax incentives.

Visit http://cleanairfleets.org/programs/alt-fuels-colorado for more information on the Colorado program, questions and answers, and the application process. Two additional rounds for application are expected later in 2015. Program leaders are evaluating transit vehicle demand this year to determine its eligibility in future years.

For more information on current grants and incentives elsewhere in North America, visit the Incentives page on the Westport website.

[1] Source: http://cleanairfleets.org/programs/alt-fuels-colorado

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