California ditching diesel by providing fleets with nat gas trucks

Southern California Gas Co. 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.

SoCalGas representatives 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 emissions natural gas trucks.

So far this year SoCalGas customers have submitted more than 150 applications to 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 near-zero natural gas truck.  According to SoCalGas replacing 350 diesel trucks with near-zero natural gas trucks is the equivalent of taking more than 20,000 passenger cars off the road,.

The Carl Moyer Program was expanded this year to include infrastructure projects such as fueling and charging stations.  SoCalGas also assisted customers with additional applications for the funding of five new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations.  The expansion of CNG stations across the state is a critical 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 SCAQMD, almost 7,600 tons of NOx and 222 tons of particulate matter have been reduced each year as the result of the Carl Moyer Program.

“Last month, 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.  “Incentive funding like the Carl Moyer Program will enable more fleets to switch to ultra-low emission trucks at a cost on par with diesel trucks.”

“SoCalGas account executives have been instrumental in streamlining our data collection process, scheduling meetings and processing the paperwork needed so that we could submit accurate and timely grant applications,” said Kent Ramseyer, energy manager for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.  “NMUSD staff looks forward to working with SoCalGas on these and other projects in the near future.”