Up to $22,500 Per Vehicle from the Canadian Province
The government of Quebec has launched a program where it will cover 30% of the incremental cost of a natural gas vehicle, as much as $22,500 per unit (30% of the maximum recognized incremental of $75,000). updated with new EBI fleet information on November 17
The program is aimed at heavy duty trucks, and as such will apply to vehicles including over-the-road haulers and to refuse vehicles, says Alicia Milner, president of the Ottawa-based Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance.
Montreal-based Gaz Metro, for one, is pleased: “The measures announced today are important, because they will help speed up the use of natural gas as fuel, resulting in an immediate reduction of up to 25% in GHG emissions,” said Sophie Brochu, president and CEO.
‘This Sort of Thing Is Working’
CNGVA’s Milner is likewise pleased: “This is great,” she told F&F. “We’ve not got two of the Big Four provinces on board.” British Columbia’s two-year-old incentive program through the FortisBC utility is structured differently she says, but “Clearly, the Province (Quebec) recognized that this sort of thing is working.”
The heavy trucks, Milner notes, are the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, and are thus the most appropriate targets.
EBI Fleet Information Updated!
Beneficiaries besides Gaz Metro include EBI Quebec’s pioneering CNG refuse truck operator. EBI, according to natural gas transportation development director Philippe Kreveld, operated just above 400 vehicles, including about 150 on-road tractors, garbage trucks, roll-offs, dump trucks and vacuum trucks.
EBI has 51 CNG-fueled refuse trucks with Cummins Westport ISL G engine and five ISX12 G-powered tractors – with 24 on order for delivery in spring 2014. The firm also has 12 pickups converted to CNG-gasoline bi-fuel operation.
EBI operates public access card lock CNG stations in Montreal and in Berthierville, to the northeast, and is working on new stations in Joliette and Sorel.
Gaz Metro was a strong supporter of Transport Robert’s shift to LNG trucks (F&F, July 23) and is also working on natural gas for rail and marine applications.
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Source: CNGVA and Gaz Metro with Fleets & Fuels follow-up