For Immediate Release - May 20, 2009

Patrick Administration Seeks $6.5 Million in Clean Vehicle Federal Stimulus Package Funding

Commonwealth's application includes funding for over 300 hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles for municipalities, private companies and state agencies

NEEDHAM - As part of Governor Patrick's Massachusetts Recovery Plan to secure the state's economic future, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) today announced that the Administration is seeking $6.5 million in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Program funding that would speed the deployment of a variety of advanced technology, hybrid, and alternative fuel vehicles by cities and towns, private companies, and state agencies across the Commonwealth.

The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has gathered applications for clean vehicle funding over the past several weeks and, under terms of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will next week submit to the DOE a comprehensive application that includes funding for 315 hybrid trucks and taxis, compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, and other public and private fleet vehicles. Pending approval of the DOER's proposal, funds could be available for public and private entities to purchase hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles later this summer. Clean Cities funds would pay for the incremental cost between alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles and their conventional, petroleum-fueled counterparts.

DOER Commissioner Philip Giudice announced the Patrick Administration's Clean Cities Program funding application at Coca Cola Enterprises, Inc.'s Market Service Center in Needham, where he joined company officials in announcing the addition of 15 hybrid electric delivery trucks to Coca-Cola's Boston area fleet. While today's announcement represents the largest single deployment of hybrid vehicles in the company's history, 20 additional Coca-Cola hybrid trucks are among the vehicles that could be funded through the DOER Clean Cities application.

"Investing in hybrid technology and alternative fuel vehicles contributes to our clean energy economy while furthering Governor Patrick's greenhouse gas reduction goals," said EEA Secretary Bowles. "We are pleased to partner with the US DOE and with communities and private companies here in Massachusetts to get hundreds of these next-generation vehicles out on the Commonwealth's roadways - saving energy, reducing harmful tailpipe emissions and cutting our dependence on foreign oil."

Among private and public sector vehicles eligible for funding under the Clean Cities Program are:

  • Electric hybrid and plug-in electric hybrid cars and trucks
  • Electric hybrid taxis
  • CNG- powered and hybrid diesel commuter vans and buses
  • Alternative fuel-powered cars and trucks
  • Clean diesel vehicles.

DOER's application includes funding to help 26 taxi companies pay for 150 hybrid cabs, and funds to help 20 municipalities across the state acquire a range of cleaner vehicles, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles and hybrid-diesel and CNG buses.

Increased use of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles is a key component of the Administration's plans for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. Assuming annual travel of 20,000 miles, a 15-passenger commuter van powered with CNG is estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO 2) by 4.7 metric tons annually as compared to the same van fueled with gasoline. Similarly, replacing a diesel-fueled heavy duty truck with a hybrid truck of the same size could reduce CO 2 emissions by approximately 6.4 metric tons per year, based on annual travel of 15,600 miles.

"The vehicles we seek to fund through this application will help Massachusetts communities meet clean energy goals under the new Green Communities Program, provide fuel savings for Massachusetts companies and state agencies, and clean up the air we breathe," Commissioner Giudice said.

Investment in clean transportation solutions is a critical component of Governor Patrick's Massachusetts Recovery Plan, which combines state, federal and, where possible, private efforts to provide immediate and long-term relief and position the Commonwealth for recovery in the following ways:

  • Deliver immediate relief by investing in the road, bridge and rail projects that put people to work today and providing safety net services that sustain people who are especially vulnerable during an economic crisis;
  • Build a better tomorrow through education and infrastructure investments that strengthen our economic competitiveness, prepare workers for the jobs of the future and support clean energy, broadband and technology projects that cut costs while growing the economy; and
  • Reform state government by eliminating the pension and ethics loopholes that discredit the work of government and revitalize the transportation networks that have suffered from decades of neglect and inaction.

For more information about what the federal recovery law means for Massachusetts, and for guidance on the use of CREB financing, please visit www.mass.gov/recovery www.mass.gov/recovery and click on Energy Recovery Opportunities.