May 20, 2021. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced that 26 entities will receive $9,724,683.74 in total grant funding to replace class 4-7 local freight trucks (medium trucks) and class 8 local freight trucks (large trucks) across the state.

The total includes $3,772,646.05 for medium truck projects, and $5,952,037.69 for large truck projects. They include: City of Athens, Knoxville Utilities Board, BFI Waste Services, City of Lebanon, Burton Transport, City of Lenoir City, City of Chattanooga, Maury County Fire Department, Etowah Utilities, McNairy County Highway Department, City of Franklin, City of Memphis, City of Gallatin, Millington Airport, Town of Greeneville, Montgomery County, Hancock County Highway Department, Morgan County, Jefferson County, City of Pigeon Forge, Jimmy T. Wood, Inc., City of Portland, City of Johnson City, Washington County/Johnson City EMS, Karns Fire Department and Waste Management of Tennessee, Inc.

The pair of competitive grant programs comprise the state’s third solicitation for projects under the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Settlement EMT). The purpose of the EMT is to execute environmental mitigation projects that reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx).

“This move toward modern trucks will benefit communities across our state,” Gov. Bill Lee said. “We continue to address air quality standards with Volkswagen settlement funds, and we are pleased these grants will provide upgrades where they’re needed.”

For the Medium Truck Grant Program, selected awardees will replace a total of 35 engine model year 1992-2009 diesel trucks with 10 new diesel, two all-electric, 14 hybrid, eight propane, and one compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks. These selected medium truck replacement projects are expected to reduce 22,561.47 pounds, or 11.28 tons, of NOx emissions over the lifetime of the new vehicles, with a vehicle cost-effectiveness rating of $166.44 per pound of NOx reduced.

For the Large Truck Grant Program, selected awardees will replace a total of 51 engine model year 1992-2009 diesel trucks with 42 new diesel, one all-electric, one hybrid, and seven CNG trucks. These selected large truck replacement projects are expected to reduce 49,770.78 pounds, or 24.89 tons, of NOx emissions over the lifetime of the new vehicles, with a vehicle cost-effectiveness rating of $119.46 per pound of NOx reduced.