The state of Pennsylvania has selected awardees for its latest round of Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG). The four winners – EC Power, GE Transportation, Air Products and FYDA Freightliner – were picked from a pool of applicants in a funding round that closed July 26.
The grants, which total approximately $2 million, involve the following projects:
- EC Power ($400,000) will be developing design software for enhanced lithium-ion vehicle batteries. The improved design of these batteries will enable a more than 50% improvement in fuel efficiency of electric vehicles.
- GE Transportation ($1 million) will be demonstrating a natural gas/diesel dual-fuel technology for a GE locomotive. The outcome of the project will determine the viability of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a locomotive fuel.
- Air Products ($209,046) will deploy pilot-scale hydrogen fueling technology in Lehigh County.
- FYDA Freightliner ($375,000) will develop a natural gas retrofit kit for gasoline direct-injection engines.
AFIG grants had previously been awarded to 33 businesses, counties and organizations that are converting or purchasing 351 natural gas vehicles and 337 propane vehicles. To learn more about initiative, click here.