SoCalGas offers assistance to local fleet owners seeking to purchase natural gas trucks

March 5, 2019. Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced the company's latest efforts to help California fleets obtain funding for the purchase of new near-zero emissions heavy-duty natural gas trucks. Beginning March 5, fleets operating within the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) are eligible to apply for incentive funding to replace diesel trucks with new near-zero emissions natural gas trucks through the Carl Moyer Program. Fleet owners whose applications are accepted will receive up to $100,000 towards the purchase of the new trucks. The program grant is competitive, which means funds are distributed on a rolling basis until all money is awarded. According to the SCAQMD, almost 8,000 tons of NOx (smog-forming emissions) and more than 232 tons of particulate matter have been reduced each year with the air district as the result of the Carl Moyer Program.

   Last year, the Carl Moyer Program was expanded to include infrastructure projects such as fueling and charging stations and SoCalGas representatives are available to assist with applications for compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in addition to applications for new trucks. In 2018, SoCalGas customers received more than $1.4 million to build three new CNG stations thanks to the Carl Moyer Program. The expansion of CNG stations across the state is a crucial step in the transition to near-zero natural gas trucks.

   SoCalGas customers received funding for 116 new near-zero natural gas trucks through the Carl Moyer Program in 2018. In the last two years customers have received funding to replace more than 250 diesel trucks with grants from all of California's incentive funding programs.

   "Incentive programs like the Carl Moyer Program are vital tools to help California reduce emissions and can help the state reach its established climate goals," said Sharon Tomkins, vice president of customers solutions and strategy for SoCalGas. "Studies show that replacing 250 diesel trucks with new, near-zero emissions natural gas trucks is the equivalent of removing more than 13,000 passenger cars from the road."