The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced a three-part funding opportunity that totals $30 million for the replacement of commercial, mass transit and transportation support vehicles that move products with new models, including electric, alternative fuel and diesel vehicles.
Specifically, the request for proposals covers among others tug, ferry boats and port cargo handling equipment.
At the same time, funds will also be available in the future to install shore power for vessels that operate within the Great Lakes.
“The transition to electric vehicles is gaining momentum. It’s important that all types of vehicles make the move to alternative fuels or clean diesel. This will mean healthier work environments for employees and communities across the state.”
… EGLE Director Liesl Clark said.
In addition, the funding will be awarded through EGLE’s Fuel Transformation Program (FTP), which is funded by Volkswagen diesel settlement money allocated to Michigan.
Concluding, the FTP’s goals are to reduce oxides of nitrogen emissions and maximize air quality benefits statewide, reduce diesel emissions from school buses and increase adoption of zero emission and alternative fuel vehicles and equipment.