Tennessee Allocates $10M to Help Buy Low NOx Medium & Heavy Trucks

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced that 26 entities will receive $9,724,683 in total grant funding to replace class 4-7 local freight trucks and class 8 local freight trucks with cleaner vehicles, including CNG-powered ones. Both programs comprise the state’s third solicitation for projects under the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Settlement EMT). The purpose of the EMT is to execute environmental mitigation projects that reduce NOx emissions.

“This move toward modern trucks will benefit communities across our state,” Governor Bill Lee said. “We continue to address air quality standards with Volkswagen settlement funds, and we are pleased these grants will provide upgrades where they’re needed.”

For the Medium Truck Grant Program, selected awardees will replace a total of 35 engine model year 1992-2009 diesel trucks. These projects are expected to reduce 22,561 pounds, or 11.28 tons, of NOx emissions over the lifetime of the new vehicles, with a vehicle cost-effectiveness rating of $166.44 per pound of NOx reduced.

For the Large Truck Grant Program, selected awardees will replace a total of 51 engine model year 1992-2009 diesel trucks with new vehicles, including seven CNG trucks. These projects are expected to reduce 49,770 pounds, or 24.89 tons, of NOx emissions over the lifetime of the new vehicles, with a vehicle cost-effectiveness rating of $119.46 per pound of NOx reduced.

Source: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

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