Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced the company’s latest efforts to help California fleets obtain funding for the purchase of new near-zero emissions heavy-duty natural gas trucks. Beginning March 5, fleets operating within the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) are eligible to apply for incentive funding to replace diesel trucks with new near-zero emissions natural gas trucks through the Carl Moyer Program. Fleet owners whose applications are accepted will receive $100,000 towards the purchase of the new trucks.
According to the SCAQMD, almost 8,000 tons of NOx (smog-forming emissions) and more than 232 tons of particulate matter have been reduced each year with the air district as the result of the Carl Moyer Program. SoCalGas customers received funding for 116 new near-zero natural gas trucks through this program in 2018. In the last two years customers have received funding to replace more than 250 diesel trucks with grants from all of California’s incentive funding programs.
Moreover, the Carl Moyer Program was expanded last year to include infrastructure projects such as fueling stations. In 2018, SoCalGas customers received more than $1.4 million to build three new CNG stations thanks to this program. The expansion of CNG stations across the state is a crucial step in the transition to near-zero natural gas trucks.
“Incentive programs like the Carl Moyer Program are vital tools to help California reduce emissions and can help the state reach its established climate goals,” said Sharon Tomkins, vice president of customers solutions and strategy for SoCalGas. “Studies show that replacing 250 diesel trucks with new, near-zero emissions natural gas trucks is the equivalent of removing more than 13,000 passenger cars from the road.”