CA Energy Commission Funds Alt Fuel for Armored Security Trucks
The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved alternative fuels and transportation grants that included North American Repower to demonstrate the efficiency and viability of six armored security trucks converted from diesel fuel to plug-in hybrid electric-renewable natural gas.
Security protocols typically require armored vehicles to leave their engines running during each scheduled stop, which burns fuel and emits pollutants. The demonstration vehicles, which have near-zero emissions, will operate in an all-electric mode during stop-and-go usage and in hybrid-mode using renewable natural gas during continuous vehicle operation. North American Repower received $3 million and will operate in Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
The project is funded through the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP), and must demonstrate the viability of bringing advanced fuels technology to the marketplace.