Eligible Grant Funded Activity for Highway and Non-Road Diesel
The Department of Environmental Quality has nearly $500,000 to support clean diesel upgrade projects focusing on construction equipment operating primarily in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties. Participants are subject to federal grant conditions.
Highway Diesel Vehicles
This funding can cover the incremental cost of a newer, cleaner truck replacing an older eligible engine that is not at the end of its useful life. Eligible model years are below shown in Table 1 for highway vehicles. Any vehicle or equipment replaced must be scrapped. Funding limits are outlined in Table 3.
Under this program, highway diesel vehicles can be replaced with newer, cleaner vehicles that operate on diesel or alternative fuels and use engines certified by EPA and, if applicable, the California Air Resources Board, known as CARB. Replacement projects can include the replacement of diesel vehicles/equipment with newer, cleaner diesel, electric (battery or fuel cell), hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles/equipment. All-electric vehicles and equipment do not require EPA or CARB certification.
The replacement truck must be of the same type and similar gross vehicle weight rating or horsepower as the truck being replaced. The replacement truck must perform the same function as the truck that is being replaced.
This restriction applies to all replacement projects. The following activities are not eligible for funding under this solicitation:
- Replacements that would have occurred through normal attrition are considered to be the result of normal fleet turnover and are not eligible for funding under this program. Normal attrition is generally defined as a replacement that is scheduled to take place within three years of the project start date. Normal attrition is typically defined by the vehicle or fleet owner’s budget plan, operating plan, standard procedures, or retirement schedule.
- The purchase of new vehicles to expand a fleet is not covered by this program.
Replacement projects are eligible for funding on the condition that the following criteria are satisfied:
- The vehicle being replaced will be scrapped or rendered permanently disabled. Drilling a three inch diameter hole in the engine block and manifold and disabling the chassis while retaining possession of the vehicle/equipment is an acceptable scrapping method. Other methods may be considered and will require prior approval. Equipment and vehicle components that are not part of the engine or chassis may be salvaged from the unit being replaced. These include plow blades, shovels, seats, and tires. Scrapped or salvaged vehicles and parts can be sold.
- Evidence of appropriate disposal such as a photograph of the scrapped equipment, including engine serial number and vehicle identification number (VIN), is required in a final assistance agreement report.
Non-Road Equipment Exhaust Aftertreatment
Funding can cover 100 percent of the cost to purchase and install exhaust controls on existing engines that achieves emission reductions beyond what is currently required by EPA at the time of engine certification. This must be on EPA’s or CARB’s verified technology list.
Oregon Clean Diesel Initiative and Grants (includes technical assistance)
Contact Kevin Downing, 503-229-6549