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South Coast Air Quality Management District Grant For the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Medium Duty Commercial Fleet Demonstration and Evaluation Program

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South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is demonstrating plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology for a very Class 2 to Class 8 trucks and vans. SCAQMD will develop a near-production PHEV powertrain system suitable for widespread utility-use in service vehicles, test Lithium-ion batteries, and produce guidelines for industry to use to optimize performance and reduce the cost of producing these vehicles.

The trucks and vans developed through this project will have smart charging capability and will be compatible with advanced metering infrastructure systems now being deployed by California utilities. The project will be completed in the first quarter of 2014.

Grant Amount


Match Funding

$42,176,216 from the project’s participants.

Project Benefits

The vehicle miles traveled – and therefore the fuel savings – will vary depending on how individual companies use the trucks or buses. With California-wide deployment, these PHEV trucks and vans could save, on average, 3.9-7.8 million gallons per year in 2015, and 30.3-60.5 million gallons per year in 2020.

Grant Agreement Number: ARV-09-003 SCAQMD

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