The City of Santa Monica received a grant in October 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 three heavy-duty vehicles and the installation of a small CNG station.
Three sewer jetter trucks, powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) were purchased for the Water Department and the small CNG station was installed at the City’s corporate yards.
The purchase cost of $925,000 was offset by MSRC contributions of $149,925 for the purchase of these vehicles and the installation of the small CNG station.
The grant helps offset the incremental cost of CNG vehicles and installation of the CNG station and assists the city in complying 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 http://www.cleantransportationfunding.org.