Existing Heavy Duty NGV Gear to be Adapted for Off-Road Use
In the Los Angeles Area & Central Valley, and at Ports & Bases
California’s South Coast (i.e. the Los Angeles area), the Central valley, ports and military bases are the emphases as the California Commission is offering $4 million to support R&D into off-road natural gas vehicles. The goal is to apply existing commercial technology for heavy duty NGVs to the off-road sector.
CEC notes that “the state’s most severely polluted regions, the San Joaquin Valley and the South Coast air basins, require extensive deployment of zero- and near-zero-emission technologies to meet current and future clean air standards.”
Projects funded under the new grant funding opportunity, Off-Road Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle Research and Development (GFO-16-501) “should incorporate advanced low emission engine technology currently available for heavy-duty on-road vehicles.
Two Workshops this Month
“Existing advanced natural gas engine technologies could be adapted to provide this market segment with a natural gas engine option capable of exceeding current, Tier 4, emission regulations while simultaneously meeting the performance needs of off-road applications,” the agency says.
- CEC is holding a workshop at the South Coast Air Quality Management District office in Diamond Bar on the morning of Tuesday, July 26.
- CEC is holding a workshop at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District office in Modesto on the morning of Friday, July 29.
“Specifically, this solicitation will focus on heavy-duty off-road vehicles that are used in distribution hubs, including but not limited to ports, freight facilities, military hubs, commodity yards and agricultural locations,” the agency states.
The deadline to submit written questions is August 1.
GFO-16-501 applications are due September 9.
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Source: CEC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up