CA Energy Commission Boosts Cutting-Edge Trucks and Buses with Nearly $20 Million
Natural Gas, Electric and Hybrid Technologies Demonstrated with State, Federal, and Private Funds
Published on Jul 3, 2010 - 7:39:16 AM
The US Department of Energy will also provide $9,308,000 in federal stimulus funding from the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. An additional match of $17,062,737 will be provided by the project's participants, who include, in addition to SANBAG and Ryder Trucks, the Southern California Clean Cities program, and Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, an environmental consulting firm.- For heavy-duty class 8 trucks, the Kenworth Truck Company will demonstrate a hybrid electric drive system that uses a natural-gas powered micro-turbine. The Energy Commission will provide $1,458,735 in Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology funds, to be matched by $1,603,325 from the project's participants. FedEx will use the natural-gas powered hybrid in their on-going operations starting in 2012. The project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 46 tons and diesel fuel by 13,800 gallons per truck per year. At full commercialization, this project can create over 6,000 high tech and green tech jobs in California by 2025 to 2030. Other participants include the Southern California Gas Company; Clean Energy, the fuel supplier; Capstone Turbine Corporation (CPST; 0.95 PPS) Brayton Energy LLC; Arvin Meritor, provider of the hybrid drive system; and CALSTART, program management for the project.