$9 Million for Public Fleets and $5.5 Million for Private Fleets
The Colorado Energy Office and affiliated agencies have floated a new solicitation for alternative fuel vehicles, offering $14.5 million to help offset the incremental cost of natural gas vehicles, propane autogas vehicles, and electric vehicles.
The Alt Fuels Colorado program is managed by CEO in partnership with the RAQC, the Regional Air Quality Council, and the Colorado Departments of Transportation and Local Affairs. This program will provide funding for alternative fueling infrastructure and alternative fuel vehicles.
RAQC handles the vehicle grants. Under the current round, $9 million is available for public fleets and $5.5 million is available for private fleets.
Federal CMAQ Funding
The agency will pay up to 80% of the incremental cost of the alternative fuel vehicles.
Applications are due on October 29.
ALT Fuels Colorado is funded through CMAQ, the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.
RAQC is working with Colorado-based Noble Energy, which is helping fund the deployment of compressed natural gas-fueled schools buses in Weld County and Colorado’s non-attainment counties (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, and Larimer).
Noble expects that $4.8 million in matching funding will help place 30 CNG school buses in Weld County, and that $2 million will help place 33 CNG buses in the non-attainment areas. The Noble Energy funding is available fro RAQC programs awardees: $60,000 for 80-passenger and $40,000 for 29-passenger school buses.
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Source: Colorado Energy Office with Fleets & Fuels follow-up