Agency to Vote Thursday on Game Changer-Implementing Program
Aimed at Repowering Transit Buses and Refuse Trucks with ISLG NZ
Southern California’s Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee is to vote Thursday on a $10 million Clean Transportation Funding initiative to repower existing urban transit buses and refuse collection trucks with the new ISL G NZ – Near Zero – engine from Cummins Westport.
MSRC wants to hasten deployment of the 8.9-liter engine variant introduced and certified last year to the optional California Air Resources Board NOx emissions standard of 0.02 grams per brake-horsepower hour (F&F, September 17).
“This newly commercialized heavy-duty natural gas engine offers ‘near-zero’ emission levels for ozone precursor and participate matter criteria air pollutants – 90% lower than the current EPA heavy-duty engine standards – reductions that are of are of critical air quality importance to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) region,” states a draft agenda for the May 19 meeting.
100 Refuse Trucks, 500 Buses?
Also according to the draft agenda, the Near Zero Engine Incentive Program will provide $7.5 million to repower transit buses with the ISL G NZ while $2.5 million will be allocated for refuse collection trucks.
MSRC expects to award $15,000 per qualifying urban transit bus and $25,000 per qualifying refuse collection truck.
Current plans call for a program notice to be issued on June 3. Applications will be accepted beginning July 5 and ending January 6, 2017.
The new Cummins Westport engine, especially combined with the use of RNG/renewable natural gas-biomethane fuel, is seen as a “game changer” for the challenge of deploying heavy vehicle capable of meeting ambitious state and federal clean air and greenhouse gas emissions targets.
A detailed Game Changer white paper by Fleets & Fuels publisher Gladstein, Neandross & Associates was released at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach this month (F&F, May 10).
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Source: MSRC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up