Pennsylvania is handing out money for natural gas-fueled vehicle development, and the Department of Environmental Protection wants you to know about it.
The new impact fee law, Act 13, provides $20 million in grants for purchasing natural gas-fueled vehicles, or converting cars and trucks so they run on compressed natural gas, or CNG.
The money will only go to local governments, nonprofit groups, or state-related or owned universities — you can’t apply for a grant to purchase a new family car.
DEP has set up a website with information about the grant program. The portal says the agency will hold forums on natural gas-fueled vehicles over the coming months.
Governor Corbett has said that Pennsylvania will do everything it can to expand the market for natural gas consumption. Putting more CNG-powered cars on the roads is part of that plan. Corbett told a Philadelphia radio station last month that he wants to, “start converting the fleets of cars…to natural gas vehicles. …So that [drillers] have a market so they can go to Detroit to get Detroit to start building the vehicles.”
More CNG fueling stations have already been built in Pennsylvania, though most of them are for private access only.