City Of Santa Monica To Purchase 24 Alternative Fuel Vehicles With Partial Funding

Thursday, 13 Mar 2014, 8:47:00 AM

Mirror Staff

The City of Santa Monica received a grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to partially fund the purchase of 24 vehicles.

Some of these vehicles include aerial lifts, street sweepers, refuse collection trucks, and other heavy-duty vehicles, powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

The purchase price of these vehicles totals to $5.4 million, of which the MSRC contributed $600,000.

The grant helps offset the incremental cost of CNG and LPG vehicles and assists the city to comply with AQMD Fleet Rules and the City’s Sustainability Plan.

The City of Santa Monica’s fleet is made up of 70 percent alternative fuel vehicles, including CNG, LPG, electric, biodiesel and hydrogen.

These vehicles emit considerably fewer emissions compared to conventional, unleaded gasoline and diesel vehicles. Additionally, the city supplies its vehicles with CNG for less than half the cost of diesel and gasoline.

The MSRC’s sole mission is to fund projects that reduce air pollution from motor vehicles within the SCAQMD.

For more information, visit www.cleantransportationfunding.org.

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