More CEC Money via South Coast Air Quality Management District
The California Energy Commission is adding $1 million from the state’s Clean Fuels Fund to help Cummins Westport develop a “Near Zero” version of its 11.9-lter, natural gas-fueled ISX12 G engine.
It’s an effective doubling of CEC’s contribution to the development project, raising support for the new engine variant to $6.25 million from the $5.25 million expected last year (F&F, October 13, 2015).
“The engine will offer fleets an option for larger vehicles, such as drayage trucks equipped with natural gas near zero technology,” CEC says.
Cummins Westport has already commercialized a Near Zero version of its 8.9-liter ISL G engine, used in such vehicles as natural gas-fueled transit buses and refuse trucks, and mixer trucks. The ISL G NZ has been certified to just 0.02 grams of NOx/nitrogen oxides per brake-horsepower – 90% cleaner than today’s new-vehicle standard (F&F, October 6, 2015).
The funding is being managed via the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “CEC has indicated they will award all project cost-share as pass-through funding to SCAQMD for a total of $2,000,000,” states an SCAQMD staff recommendation.
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“This additional funding from CEC will ensure that the development project remains on schedule and that the development targets will be met.” The SCAQMD board is expected to approve the recommendation on October 7.
The new proposed ISX12 G NZ project cost breakdown is
▪ CEC, $2,000,000 for approximately 32%;
▪ SCAQMD, $1,750,000 for approximately 28%;
▪ Cummins Westport (in-kind), $1,000,000 for approximately 16%;
▪ Southern California Gas, $1,000,000 for approximately 16%; and
▪ Clean Energy Fuels, $500,000 for approximately 8% of the project cost.
The project includes three phases, says the SCAQMD staff report: engine development, integration of the engine into vehicles, and demonstration of the engine technology during typical operation of the vehicles.
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Source: CEC and SCAQMD with Fleets & Fuels follow-up