A big "thank you” to Hyliion for hosting Texas Clean Cities organizations including Lone Star Fuels Alliance. We were able to ride along in their diesel hybrid-electric truck, (photo) and their Hypertruck ERX. In the ERX, renewable natural gas fuels the generator, which charges the batteries. The batteries power the e-motor which drives the rear axles and provides regenerative braking. These are being tested in larger fleets throughout the US. We learned about their revolutionary Karno generator, a highly efficient, fuel agnostic generator designed to deliver high performance, reduce emissions, and maintain the highest levels of reliability for both vehicle and microgrid applications. More information about Hyliion can be found here.
CapMetro, Austin’s regional public transportation provider, is working with HOLT Renewables and bp pulse to bring solar-powered electric vehicle charging infrastructure into its operations. In 2021, the CapMetro board approved the purchase of approximately 200 zero-emissions buses – the largest procurement of battery-electric transit buses in the country. To support the fleet, the project requires innovative use of solar canopies that will produce renewable energy and double as a mounting structure to enable hands-free overhead charging. Read more about the project here.
Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants Program (ERIG)
Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grants Program (TNGVGP)
Seaport & Rail Yard Areas Emissions Reduction Program(SPRY)
Texas Clean Fleet Program (TCFP)
Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive Program (LDPLIP)
Rebate Grant Program (Rebate)
Texas Clean School Bus Program (TCSB)
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New Technology Implementation Grant (NTIG)
Governmental Alternative Fuel Fleet Grant Program (GAFF)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the 2023 Clean School Bus (CSB) Grant Program! This is the first grant funding opportunity through the multi-year Clean School Bus (CSB) program and follows the 2022 CSB Rebate Program, which was the first round of funding. Under the 2023 CSB Grant Program, EPA anticipates awarding approximately $400 million in competitive funding to eligible applicants for the purchase of zero-emission (ZE) school buses, clean school buses, and ZE charging infrastructure.
The EPA is prioritizing applications that will replace buses serving high-need local education agencies, rural areas, Tribal school districts funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and public school districts receiving basic support payments for students living on Tribal land, and rural areas.
Applicants must submit all grant application materials to Grants.gov by:
Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at 10:59 PM CT.
The EPA will host a series of public webinars regarding the CSB Grant Program from May through August to provide potential applicants with an overview and how to apply. Webinar registration links will be posted to the Clean School Bus Webinars webpage.
The TCEQ will be opening a new TxVEMP grant round this summer with an estimated $88 million in funding available to upgrade or replace vehicles and equipment operating in eligible areas with new electric models. Some entities may qualify to receive up to 100% reimbursement of the cost to adopt all-electric vehicles and equipment.
Applicants purchasing eligible vehicles and equipment may request additional funding for refueling infrastructure. More information will be available at: VWsettle@tceq.texas.gov.
Although the program is not currently accepting applications, TCEQ encourages you to start preparing for this opportunity by considering the potential benefits of all-electric vehicles and equipment.
TCEQ will provide more updates as soon as they become available. In the meantime, you can reach out at 1-800-919-8377 or VWsettle@tceq.texas.gov with any questions.
The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation released a $51 million Ride and Drive Electric Funding opportunity. The Ride and Drive Electric funding opportunity will advance the clean vehicle transition by:
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO)’s fiscal year 2023 funding opportunity, totaling $99.5 million, will support projects to reduce soft costs to improve EV charging infrastructure in underserved communities, provide consumer education on EVs and EV charging, and develop batteries that use low-cost, abundant materials. This funding opportunity seeks the participation of underserved communities and underrepresented groups, and applicants are required to submit Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plans describing actions taken to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment, support people from underrepresented groups in STEM, and advance equity.
Read the full VTO Fiscal Year 2023 program wide FOA here. Applicants must submit a concept paper by June 26, 2023, and full applications are due on August 11, 2023.
The use of lithium-ion batteries has surged in recent years, starting with electronics and expanding into many applications, including the growing electric and hybrid vehicle industry. But the technologies to optimize the recycling of these batteries have not kept pace.
The launch of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) first lithium-ion battery recycling center, called the ReCell Center, will help the United States grow a globally competitive recycling industry and reduce our reliance on foreign sources of battery materials.
Our stakeholders are invited to join our sister coalition, Columbia Willamette Clean Cities, in a Mindful Mobility Tech Talk to learn more about this critical topic.
Click here to register for the event.
Renewable Natural Gas and Renewable Propane
Co-hosts: Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance, Houston-Galveston Clean Cities and The Texas Natural Gas Foundation
The webinar will include discussion on:
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