New State Grants Issued for Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Vehicles

The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) has announced a new round of $1.3 million in grants that will be awarded to state organizations and municipalities that are purchasing natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and propane vehicles.

‘These awards will further expand the number of fleet vehicles in the state using alternate transportation fuels,’ said Mike Huebsch, secretary of the department. ‘By increasing business opportunities in the natural gas, biogas and propane supply chain, as well as lowering fuel costs to Wisconsin businesses and communities, these grants will have a positive impact on Wisconsin's economy.’

The new grants, which are being issued to 28 awardees, will help fund the purchase of 81 NGVs and 18 vehicles that run on propane autogas.

Grants for heavy-duty transportation applications dominated this funding round, in terms of total award funds and the number of vehicles being converted. All of these grants reflect either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) conversions, such as $83,910 to Convenience Transport LLC toward the purchase of five heavy-duty LNG-powered vehicles and $75,000 to Pope Transport for the conversion of five heavy-duty CNG vehicles.

Awards for both light- and medium-duty NGVs were also among this funding round, including $43,690 to the City of Milwaukee toward the purchase of five light-duty CNG vehicles.

The grants for propane vehicles were all in light- and medium-duty classes. Jefferson County and Riteway Bus Service Inc. will both use grant funds to deploy light-duty autogas-powered vehicles, and Lamers Bus Lines Inc. and T.S.I of Watertown Inc. are each acquiring five medium-duty propane vehicles.

For more information about Wisconsin's alternative fuel vehicle grant program, click HERE.

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