February 26, 2021 is the Deadline for an Apply Now, Buy Later Propane Vehicle Grant
Reserve Funds for up to 18 Months
There are non-competitive grants from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) through their Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP) ‘s Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program to replace MY 2009 or older gasoline and diesel vehicles with new low emission propane vehicles
Don’t be fooled by the name; the program does, in fact, allow for the purchase of new vehicles powered by propane clean American energy.
The program has been open since the 4th quarter of 2019 and will be ending soon with an application deadline of February 26, 2021. The program is great because it allows you to apply before you buy.
Simply apply and comply and then buy. The funds are first come, first serve. You have at least 18 months to make the purchase after you receive the notification you have been approved for the grant.
What types of vehicles are eligible for this grant?
A new low-emission vehicle must be over 8,501 lbs. GVWR. The grant is perfect for fleets with service trucks, bobtails, delivery vehicles, box trucks, & school buses.
Eligible examples include: S2G Freightliner, F-450, F-550, F-650, F-750, F-53 & F-59, E-350, E-450, IC School Bus, Blue Bird school bus, and Microbird.
A sales quote will be required to reserve funds and apply. Model year applied for and model year purchased can change as long as emissions are the same or better.
Are you in an eligible area?
Vehicle must operate 75 % of the time in Texas Clean Transportation Zone. The zone includes the following counties: Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Collin, Colorado, Comal, Dallas, Denton, DeWitt, Duval, El Paso, Ellis, Falls, Fayette, Fort Bend, Freestone, Frio, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Gregg, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hill, Hood, Hunt, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Johnson, Karnes, Kaufman, La Salle, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Limestone, Live Oak, Madison, Matagorda, Medina, McLennan, McMullen, Milam, Montgomery, Navarro, Nueces, Orange, Parker, Refugio, Robertson, Rockwall, Rusk, San Patricio, Smith, Tarrant, Travis, Upshur, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Webb, Wharton, Williamson, Wilson, and Wise.
How much can I get for my vehicle? Real grant amounts are disclosed below:
• $9,563 to replace MY 2006 gasoline delivery vehicle with 1 new propane delivery vehicle
• $24,383 to replace MY 2004 diesel delivery vehicle with 1 new propane delivery vehicle
• $43,036 to replace MY 2002 gasoline delivery vehicle with 1 new propane delivery vehicle
• $85,402 to replace MY 2002 and 2004 diesel delivery vehicle for 2 propane delivery vehicles
• $130,107 to replace MY range 1992-2002 gasoline and diesel delivery vehicles for new 3 propane delivery vehicles
• $739,434.00 to replace 24 diesel school buses with new propane-powered school buses
Some other key facts about the program
• The older the vehicle or bus and the higher the emitting vehicle or bus you replace, the higher the GVWR, the bigger the payout.
• The old vehicle or bus you are replacing must run. You will need a mechanic to certify that is operational.
• Replacement and destruction of the old vehicle or bus are required only after the grant is approved.
• The new vehicle or bus must be dedicated (meaning only run-on propane)
• GVWR range must be like for like. Basically, vehicles you are swapping out must be in the same weight class.
• The old vehicle or bus you are replacing must be MY 2009 or older.
• The old vehicle or bus you are replacing must have run on either gasoline or diesel
• A new vehicle or bus purchase is not required until the grant is approved by the TCEQ.
• There cannot be a lapse in the old vehicle registration for more than 30 days in 2 years/24 months from the date of submission unless lapsed during the COVID pandemic (copies of vehicle registration are required).
The Propane Council of Texas, a non-profit educational & marketing foundation offers complimentary grant assistance including answering fleet FAQ’s on the grant, providing grant award estimates on how much you could receive, and even help to complete the grant paperwork.
Learn more about this program at https://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/terp/tngvgp.html or contact the Propane Council of Texas today at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (800)325-7427 for help submitting an application.