The California Energy Commission recently approved nearly $5 million in funding to help bring natural gas-powered buses and large trucks to California's highways. The awards are funded through the Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

The Energy Commission already has awarded nearly $15.5 million to help fleet operators and individual consumers afford new alternative-fueled medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses as well as passenger vehicles.

The incentive reservations are awarded in blocks to vehicle manufacturers or their designated dealers and are passed on to individual buyers at the point of sale. Natural gas truck manufacturers receiving funds that can be passed along to buyers include:

  • Capacity of Texas Inc. (Longview, TX): $1.28 million in incentives to help buy 40 heavy-duty trucks with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or more.

  • Tec of California (Oakland, La Mirada and Fontana, CA): $1.28 million in incentives to help buy 40 heavy-duty, natural gas-powered trucks built by Mack Trucks.

  • Bridgeport Truck Manufacturing (Bridgeport, TX): $320,000 in incentives to help buy 10 natural gas-powered trucks.