Diesel Is the Focus But Alt Fuel Replacements & Repowers Eligible Too,
Latest Round Marks Feds’ First Offer of Extra Money for Super-Low NOx
The U.S. EPA is anteing $26 million in the latest round of its Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The program is often referred to as DERA, for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act it implements. The goal is to help operators pay to repower or retrofit their legacy trucks, or deploy new ones with engines meeting current emissions standards.
Going even further, this latest round of funding includes an extra incentive for engines meeting the California Air Resources Board’s optional low NOx emission standards – that means the near-zero version of the 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL G. This engine, which has been CARB-certified to 0.02 grams-per-brake-horsepower-hour, is slated to enter production next month (F&F, October 6).
EPA is taking applications until April 26 to cover items including:
- Vehicle Replacements: up to 25% of the cost for model year 2015 or newer engines; up to 35% of the cost for model year 2015 or newer engines certified to CARB’s optional low NOx standards; or up to 45% of the cost of an all-electric repower;
- Engine Upgrades and Repowers: up to 40% of the cost for model year 2015 or newer engines; up to 50% of the cost for model year 2015 or newer engines certified to CARB’s optional low NOx standards; or up to 60% of the cost of an all-electric repower;
- Verified Retrofit Technologies: up to 100% of the cost for an eligible verified emission control, plus up to 100% of the cost of verified aerodynamic technologies or low rolling resistance tires installed on the same long-haul Class 8 trucks; and
- Verified Idle Reduction Technology: up to 25% of the cost of eligible electrified parking space technologies; or up to 100% of the cost of verified idle reduction technologies on school buses with model year 2006 or older engines that have been previously retrofitted with a verified emission control device.
DERA money is also available for locomotives, marine vessels, and non-road vehicles and equipment.
The agency has slated informational webinar/conference calls, tomorrow, March 8 and Thursday, March 10, both at 11:00am Pacific / 2:00pm Eastern time.
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Source: U.S. EPA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up