NGVAmerica has released four new fact sheets touting the benefits of using natural gas for heavy-duty trucks, school buses, and refuse and transit vehicles.
NGVAmerica says the new information comes as states are distributing their shares of the $2.9 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust funding established as part of the Volkswagen emissions settlement.
“Volkswagen Trust funding offers a game-changing opportunity to accelerate the adoption and use of the cleanest medium- and heavy-duty engine on the market today, fueled by American natural gas,” says Daniel Gage, NGVAmerica’s president. “These public/private investments should be prioritized to achieve the greatest and most cost-effective reductions in NOx emissions to offset the environmental damage done, replacing dirty Class 4-8 diesel-powered trucks and buses with zero-emission equivalent Ultra Low-NOx vehicles powered by geologic and renewable natural gas.”
According to NGVAmerica, 47 states have issued fund distribution plans to date, and 38 are final. Several states have already opened applications for VW grant programs using the $2.9 billion in available resources for new vehicle purchases and replacements. First-round funding applications are currently being accepted in Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri and New Jersey.
The fact sheets can be accessed here.