Deadline for $4 Million Off-Road NGV Funding Opportunity Extended
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has extended the application deadline for a $4 million grant funding solicitation for the research and development of natural gas engines for medium and heavy duty off-road vehicles (ORVs) supporting the agricultural, construction, industrial, port and cargo market sectors. Applications are now due on Monday, December 19.
The solicitation aims to reduce transportation emissions in California’s most severely polluted regions – the San Joaquin Valley and the South Coast air basins. ORVs are the second largest source of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in those areas, and on-road heavy-duty vehicles are the largest.
The funding opportunity, which encourages demonstrations in those two locations, covers ORVs commonly employed for heavy hauling like those used for waste transport, mining and semi-tractor trailer applications and for items like yard tractors and cranes found at ports and cargo handling areas.
The Energy Commission has previously supported the research and development of advanced natural gas engine technologies but primarily targeted on-road, heavy-duty vehicles. There is a LinkedIn page to connect participants with other interested parties for this solicitation.