Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) plans to help California fleets get more drivers behind the wheel of new near-zero emissions heavy-duty natural gas trucks. The effort was part of a $21 million Prop 1B incentive pool administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). SoCalGas representatives provided assistance on 400 Prop 1B applications throughout its service territory. If all these applications are accepted and get funding, SoCalGas customers will replace at least 400 diesel trucks with NGVs.
The Prop 1B Program is intended to reduce diesel air pollution from goods movement operations and achieve the earliest possible health risk reduction in nearby communities. Fleet owners seeking to replace diesel trucks may be eligible for up to $100,000 towards the purchase of a new natural gas truck. “Through technology advancement programs, industry, partnerships, and incentive programs, we will continue to make substantial progress to reduce air pollution,” said SCAQMD Executive Officer Wayne Nastri.
“Our Clean Transportation team has spent years cultivating relationships with fleet owners and truck drivers,” said Lisa Alexander, vice president of customer solutions and communications at SoCalGas. “We are pleased to do our part to help bring more near-zero, heavy-duty trucks to California’s transportation sector.”
For the SCAQMD solicitation, SoCalGas customers submitted more than 150 applications, with many of these requests coming from fleets smaller than 10 trucks. These dependable, clean trucks cut smog-forming emissions by more than 90% compared to the cleanest heavy-duty diesel trucks on the road today. When these near-zero natural gas trucks are fueled by renewable natural gas, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by 80%. Already, 60% of natural gas fleets in California are fueled with renewable natural gas and this number is expected to climb to about 90% by the end of this year.