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SAN BERNARDINO ASSOCIATED GOVERNMENTS GRANT FOR THE HEAVY-DUTY (HD) NATURAL GAS TRUCK REPLACEMENT

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The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) a council of 24 city governments and San Bernardino County which serves as the area’s transportation planning agency partnered with Ryder Truck Transport Services, Inc. to purchase and deploy up to 202 heavy-duty natural gas trucks and to construct two liquefied natural gas (LNG) refueling stations. The project hada combined total cost of more than $35.6 million. The Energy Commission grant helped to pay the difference between the natural gas-powered trucks and the typical vehicle that would operate on petroleum. Under an agreement with SANBAG, Ryder Trucks deployed the natural gas trucks in their operations in San Bernardino and Orange County areas.

Grant Amount

$9,308,000 from the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Transportation Program. In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy is providing $9,950,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Match Funding

$17,062,737 from project’s participants.

Project Benefits

The LNG-powered trucks will displace over 2 million gallons of petroleum-based diesel fuel per year, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 to 30 percent and cutting area emissions by more than 7,600 tons of CO2 per year. The project provided work for 82 construction workers and created 346 California maintenance and service support jobs.

Grant Agreement Number: ARV-09-001

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