The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that $18 million in grants are available to eligible businesses, governmental entities, school districts, and individuals to replace older medium-duty or heavy-duty gasoline or diesel vehicles with natural gas vehicles or repower the vehicles with natural gas engines.
The predetermined grant amounts are to reimburse between 60% to 90% of the incremental cost of the natural gas vehicles and engines and are based on the fuel capacity, usage, and weight class of the grant-funded vehicles. Grants are awarded first come, first served.
Projects must result in at least a 25% reduction of emissions of NOx, and grant recipients must commit to operate the grant-funded vehicles in the eligible Texas counties for at least 75% of the annual mileage for four years or 400,000 miles, whichever occurs earlier.
Applicants must apply for Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program grants through a participating dealer. A list of participating dealers is available on the Texas Emission Reductions Plan (TERP) website.
Applications will be accepted up to 31 May 2013 or until all funding is awarded, whichever occurs earlier.