California accelerates alternative fuel transportation with $1.5B allocation

September 24, 2017 by Ronjoy Bezbarua

(Source: Natural gas intel) The California legislature recently passed a series of bills that collectively allocates nearly $1.5 billion for alternative fuel vehicles. The California Clean Air Initiative bills passed on the final day of the session and are structured to apply cap-and-trade funds to replace diesel engines in heavy-duty trucks and buses on an unprecedented scale. Diesel, however, is not eliminated. The action was lauded by alternative transportation fuel advocates, but natural gas vehicle (NGV) proponents lamented the continuing use of diesel fuel in the state through 2030. The California NGV Coalition said the legislation is “particularly timely” for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which are scheduled to vote on a Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) in early November. Read full article….

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