The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) has announced it will open the application period for its latest round of funding under the ALT Fuels Colorado grant program on Oct. 1.
Through the federally funded state program, the RAQC offers grants to cover up to 80% of the incremental cost of purchasing or leasing new OEM Class 2-8 alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). Eligible vehicles include dedicated or bi-fuel compressed natural gas, propane autogas, and electric models.
Funding caps for public and non-profit fleets range from $7,000 for a light-duty vehicle to $35,000 for a heavy-duty vehicle, while caps for private fleets range from $3,000 for a light-duty vehicle to $22,000 for a heavy-duty vehicle.
The vehicles must predominantly operate within Colorado's federally designated carbon monoxide maintenance areas or ozone nonattainment areas. These areas include Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties, as well as parts of Larimer, Weld, El Paso and Teller counties.
Since ALT Fuels Colorado launched last year, the RAQC, which was allotted $15 million for the program, has already awarded about $4.5 million to eligible fleets. The funds have gone to 26 organizations toward the purchase of nearly 260 AFVs. Meanwhile, the Colorado Energy Office, which was allotted $15 million to help fund alternative fuel stations, has issued grants for 15 CNG stations in the state so far.
Applications for this latest round of RAQC vehicle grants are due Oct. 29. More information can be found here.
Photo courtesy of the City and County of Denver, which received funding from ALT Fuels Colorado for CNG refuse trucks.