State grants encourage more commercial natural gas vehicles

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 8, 2012 7:50 AM

Photo by Scott Detrow/StateImpact Pennsylvania

(Harrisburg) -- The state's trying to encourage more businesses to use natural gas-powered vehicles through a new grant program.

The Department of Environmental Protection is accepting grants as part of an initiative that will provide up to $20 million over the next three years to pay for the switch.

DEP spokeswoman Lynda Rebarchak says trucks are most likely to benefit from the program.

"It's geared more to fleet vehicle owners and folks who have heavy-duty vehicles in their fleets, over 14,000 pounds," Rebarchak says.

She says $10 million in grants will be available in the next year, with half slated for community transportation organizations, like bus companies.

Vehicles using either compressed or liquified natural gas would be eligible for the grants.

Chambersburg, Franklin County, is considering constructing a natural gas filling station along Interstate 81 to satisfy the expected demand for the fuel.

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