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ACOG Awards Grants For AFV, Fueling Projects

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ACOG Awards Grants For AFV, Fueling Projects

 OU-CART CNG Transit Bus

CMAQ Funds Awarded

The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) Board of Directors has approved grant funding awards for public-sector fleet alternative fuel vehicle deployment and fueling infrastructure projects.

Awarded applicants include: City of NormanCity of YukonCity of Oklahoma City, the University of Oklahoma, and City of Midwest City.

A wide range of projects have been approved for awards including: purchase of light and heavy duty compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) vehicles, electric vehicle charging station equipment, and combination fast-fill, slow-fill CNG fueling infrastructure.

The $584,000 in total award funding goes toward the incremental cost of alternative fuel vehicles and/or fueling station equipment costs. Total project costs for all applicants are estimated at $1.6 million.

“These public fleets are making substantial investments that will lead to lower fuel costs, greater energy independence, improved air quality, and an economic impact on our region,” said John G. Johnson, Executive Director of ACOG. “In the case of CNG, for example, we have Oklahoma companies leading different parts of the industry from well to wheel.”

Projects are scored in a completive grant process and are scored based on emissions reductions through replacement of older high-mileage vehicles with new alternative fuel vehicles or new alternative fueling infrastructure.

The ACOG Public Fleet Clean Air Grant program is funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program which provides a flexible funding source for state and local governments to fund transportation projects and programs to help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and its amendments. Other eligible transportation projects include transit improvements, travel demand management strategies, and traffic flow improvements, among others.

For more information, please contact Eric Pollard, Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coordinator, (405) 234-2264.

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