DTE Energy Receives Grant To Convert Fleet Vehicles

Detroit-based energy company DTE Energy says it has received a $5.4 million federal grant through the Clean Energy Coalition to fund the conversion of more than 170 gasoline-powered fleet vehicles to run on compressed natural gas (CNG).

The grant, which was awarded to the Clean Energy Coalition's Green Fleets program by the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also pays for the construction of two new CNG fueling stations and the refurbishment of 11 others across Michigan.

Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. (MichCon) is converting 173 brand new Ford service vehicles to operate on CNG. MichCon, a unit of DTE Energy, is matching the grant with $6.8 million toward the purchase of the base service vehicles and additional CNG station upgrades.

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