Southern California Gas Co. is helping California fleets obtain funding for the purchase of new near-zero emissions heavy-duty natural gas trucks. The company supported 21 fleet owners operating within the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) with the Carl Moyer Program, funding applications for 209 new near-zero natural gas trucks. Already this year, SoCalGas customers have submitted more than 150 applications to the SCAQMD as part of the $21 million Prop 1B incentive pool.
Owners whose applications are accepted will receive $100,000 towards the purchase of a new natural gas truck. Replacing 350 diesel trucks with these new NGVs is the equivalent of taking more than 20,000 passenger cars off the road. “In May, SoCalGas customers began receiving deliveries of ultra-low emission 12-liter natural gas trucks, the cleanest heavy-duty truck commercially available today,” said Sharon Tomkins, vice president of customer solutions and strategy for SoCalGas.
The Carl Moyer Program was expanded this year to include infrastructure projects such as fueling stations. SoCalGas also assisted customers with additional applications for the funding of five new CNG fueling stations. The expansion of CNG stations across the state is a crucial step in the transition to near-zero natural gas trucks.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Carl Moyer Program, which provides owners of vehicles and equipment with diesel engines funding to retrofit or replace the engines with newer, cleaner models. Prior to 2018, the program has provided more than $460 million in funding. Approximately $25 million is available through the SCAQMD program in 2018. According to the SCAQMD, almost 7,600 tons of NOx (smog-forming emissions) and 222 tons of particulate matter have been reduced each year as the result of the Carl Moyer Program.