• Arkansas Dept. of Environmental Quality—Small Business Loans:  Makes available pollution prevention/control loans to small businesses in Arkansas with fewer than 100 employees.  Loans are for up to $45,000 and offered at 80% of the Prime Lending Rate over a period of up to 10 years.  Equipment purchases are eligible as are improvements to facilities and other projects.  Application deadline: Rolling deadline until all funds are distributed.
  • California Air Resources Board (CARB) Heavy-Duty Vehicle Air Quality Loan Program: Provides financial assistance to truckers affected by the Proposed Statewide In-Use Truck and Bus Rule and the Proposed Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Measure.  The loans are especially targeted to smaller fleets that are “nearly bankable” but having difficulty securing credit through the usual means. Funding is available for technologies to help bring older trucks into compliance, including but not limited to CARB-verified particulate matter and/or NOx exhaust system retrofits; used, lower-emitting trucks; EPA SmartWay-approved energy efficiency retrofits such as low-rolling resistance tires, aerodynamic skirting, and fairings; or new trucks equipped with SmartWay technology.  Some $48 million in total loan guarantees is available in this funding cycle.  Deadline:  Rolling deadline until all funds are distributed.
  • Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program—California Bay Area Air Quality Management District:  Offers funding support to companies operating equipment within the district’s region, including for the installation of certain verified emissions control devices; replacement of older heavy-duty engines with newer and cleaner engines; replacement of older equipment with newer and cleaner equipment; the purchase of new equipment that is cleaner than the law requires; and installation of electric idling-reduction equipment. Up to $14 million in Carl Moyer Program funding is available for emissions reduction projects in the Bay Area through this year.  Carl Moyer Program funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis based on staff’s determination of completeness of the application.  Deadline: Open as long as funds are available through this year.
  • Diesel Idle Reduction Driver Recognition Program for Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.:  A unique awards program with private sponsorship support to recognize truck and motor coach drivers (and their employers) who are “observed practicing legal and responsible idle reduction procedures.”  Drivers earn certificates of commendation and are entered into a drawing for monthly prizes—dinner out for two in the Baltimore/D.C. area.  Those who receive commendations and win dinners for three consecutive months are entered into a drawing for larger, quarterly prizes. Deadline: Program is ongoing.
  • Georgia Alternative Fuel Vehicle Tax Credit: An income tax credit is available to taxpayers beginning July 1, 2015, who purchase new commercial medium-duty or heavy-duty vehicles that operate using at least 90% alternative fuel.  Eligible alternative fuels include electricity, propane, natural gas, or hydrogen fuel.  Medium-duty hybrid electric vehicles also qualify.  The credit for medium-duty trucks is up to $12,000; the limit for heavy-duty vehicles is $20,000 per vehicle.  There are other requirements.  Deadline: Vehicles must be purchased between July 2015 and June 30, 2017.
  • Maryland Idle Reduction Grant Program: Provides financial assistance for the purchase and installation of idle reduction systems/technology on Class 6-8 trucks registered (or new trucks that will be registered) in Maryland.  Trucks may be owned or leased.  Includes auxiliary power units; fuel-fired heaters; electric truck refrigeration units; battery-operated air conditioning systems; thermal storage systems; and truck-mounted accessories such as inverters, battery upgrades, electrical connections, and heaters and air conditioning units.  Awards are limited to 50% of the installation cost up to $3,000; limit of 10 awards per carrier.  Deadline: Sept. 1, 2014.
  • New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services:  Has Federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act  funds to award for upgrades to commercial diesel vehicles that operate primarily in New Hampshire.  Support is available for a wide variety of upgrade purchases that ultimately reduce diesel emissions, including engine replacements, exhaust controls, cleaner vehicles, cleaner fuels and idle reduction technologies.  Rebates are for as much as 100% of the cost.  Deadline: first come, first served, but no later than Sept. 30, 2014.
  • New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program:  A collection of three generous funding programs, including: 
  1. The New York State Electric Vehicle Voucher Incentive Fund is targeted to fleets that operate diesel Class 3-8 trucks that are domiciled (registered and garaged) and operate 70% of the time in one of New York State’s non-attainment and maintenance areas and want to purchase or lease all-electric, battery-electric hybrids, or compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles or install diesel emission control technologies.  Program funds are also available to fleets interested in CNG engine conversions.  There is $9 million total available.  Covers 80% of the incremental cost—not to exceed $60,000 per vehicle.  Application Deadline: First come, first served.
  2. The New York City Alternative Fuel Vehicle Voucher Incentive Fund is intended to support purchase of alternative power Class 3-8 vehicles that are based within New York City and operate there 70% of the time.  Alternative power choices include CNG, CNG engine conversions, hybrid-electric, and all-electric vehicles.   There is $6 million total available to cover 80% of the incremental cost of qualifying vehicles, not to exceed $40,000 per vehicle.
  3. The New York City Diesel Emission Reduction Voucher Incentive Fund has a total of $4 million available for the installation of diesel emissions control devices, including diesel oxidation catalysts and diesel particulate filters on Class 3-8 commercial fleet vehicles.  Awards cover 80% of the cost of the system and installation.   Deadline: Vouchers to be available soon.
  • North Carolina Idle Reduction Technology Rebates:  The North Caro­lina Dept. of Environ­ment and Natural Resources offers rebates of up to $2,500 for approved idle reduction technologies.  Deadline: Rebates will be available until Sept. 30, 2014, or until funding is exhausted.
  • South Carolina Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Tax Credit:  An income tax credit is available for the in-state purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for taxable years before 2017.  The maximum allowable credit is $2,000.  Deadline: Credits are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This list only scratches the surface when it comes to funding sources for alternative power or emissions reduction projects.  There are many programs which are ongoing and have annual application periods that often begin in the early spring and end in June.  Federal programs and information sites to watch include the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, which provided for funding programs through 2016; the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program; the Clean Cities Coalition; the U.S. Dept. of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center; and EPA SmartWay.

State programs can be more difficult to track, but many if not most states now offer some support in the form of grants or tax credits for the lease or purchase of alternative-power vehicles or for installing systems to reduce fuel use or emissions.  The trick is knowing who to contact.  It is often the Energy Office (or division or department) or a Dept. of Environmental Quality.  If you operate in a port city, there are also apt to be programs tailored specifically to drayage operations.

Truck OEMs and dealerships or leasing companies can also be a great source of information and support, and they are an easy call to make first, especially if you are considering purchasing or leasing alternative power vehicles.