The City of Norwich, Conn., is the beneficiary of a $2.08 million federal grant that will support the city's Regional Alternate Fuel Infrastructure and Clean Vehicle Project. The town of Plymouth, Conn., is also receiving a much smaller grant, $86,524, to add five hybrid-electric vehicles to its municipal fleet.
Norwich, which is already host to electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging infrastructure made possible in part through U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities projects, will use the funds to construct two compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations and purchase alternative fuel vehicles.
According to a report in The Day (New London, Conn.), the city plans on buying six new natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and one EV. The grant money will also assist three local organizations – Prime Electric, Levine Distributing and the William W. Backus Hospital – in converting vehicles to run on CNG.
The funds for Norwich and Plymouth are part of a $20 million federal grant package that is being shared among nine Connecticut municipalities that are pursuing various advanced transportation system projects. The money has been awarded under the Federal Highway Administration's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program.