PA keeps subsidizing EVs, including almost $40M in grants to replace 99 trucks in public, private sectors

25 January 2024- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is awarding 16 applicants more than $39.6 million, funded by the Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement for State Beneficiaries, to replace diesel-fueled fleets with modern, zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) as a part of the 2022-2023 Medium and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle Pilot Grant.

Part of the Driving PA Forward program, this grant was developed under the Shapiro administration, to improve air quality statewide by driving transformation from older, high-polluting diesel engines to clean transportation technologies.

DEP is awarding $39,605,578.58 to 16 applicants for the battery-electric replacement of dozens of vehicles, including home delivery trucks, refuse/recycling trucks, terminal tractors, and the hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle replacement of two terminal tractors and their supporting charging infrastructure.

The 2022-2023 Medium and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle Pilot Grant also focuses on funding projects located in underserved and disproportionately impacted communities, such as Environmental Justice and Act 47-designated communities.

Applicants awarded:

Allegheny County:

  • Borough of Munhall—$1,681,008
    • Will replace (3) eligible Class 8 refuse collection trucks with (3) battery-electric refuse trucks
    • Will install (1) DC fast charger with (3) charging plugs

Beaver County:

  • PGT Holdings Inc.— $3,289,500
    • Will replace (10) eligible Class 8 short-haul tractors with (8) battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and (2) hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV)
    • Will install (8) DC fast charger plugs and will maintain (2) mobile hydrogen fueling units

Butler and Westmoreland Counties:

  • SQ Trucking, Inc.—$523,221
    • Will replace (4) eligible Class 4/5 home delivery step vans with battery-electric vehicles (BEV)

Cambria County:

  • Pro Disposal Inc.— $6,190,500
    • Will replace (16) eligible Class 8 refuse trucks with BEVs
    • Will install (16) DC fast charging plugs

Centre County:

  • The Pennsylvania State University— $3,305,011
    • Will replace (5) eligible Class 6 and Class 7 box trucks with BEV box trucks
    • Will install (4) DC fast EV chargers and one Level 2 EV charging plug at (3) home-base locations across the main campus

Dauphin County:

  • Wilsbach Distributors, Inc.—$2,004,833
    • Will replace (5) eligible beverage delivery vehicles with BEVs
    • Will install (2) DC fast EV chargers
  • Freight Equipment Leasing LLC—$2,162,177
    • Will replace (6) eligible Class 8 freight trucks with BEVs
    • Will install (4) DC fast EV chargers

Delaware County:

  • City of Chester—$1,575,074
    • Will replace (3) eligible Class 8 refuse collection trucks with BEVs
    • Will install (1) DC fast charger and (2) Level 2 EV charging plugs

Erie County:

  • City of Erie— $3,120,000
    • Will replace (5) eligible Class 8 refuse collection trucks with BEVs
    • Will install (1) Level 2 and (3) DC fast EV chargers
  • Legend Equipment Leasing, LLC—$2,304,394
    • Will replace (5) eligible Class 8 freight trucks with BEVs
    • Will install (3) DC fast EV chargers

Lehigh County:

  • Loomis Armored US, LLC—$1,322,109
    • Will replace (6) eligible Class 6 armored trucks with BEV trucks
    • Will install (3) EV chargers

Mercer County:

  • Tri-County Industries, Inc.—$2,785,505
    • Will replace (5) eligible Class 8 refuse trucks with BEVs
    • Will install (3) Level 2 EV chargers and (1) DC fast EV charger

Northumberland County:

  • Watsontown Trucking Company—$1,799,620
    • Will replace (5) eligible Class 8 freight trucks with BEVs
    • Will install (2) DC fast EV chargers

Philadelphia County:

  • Sysco Leasing, LLC— $3,975,000
    • Will replace (10) eligible Class 8, short-haul, semi-tractors with BEVs
    • Will install (10) DC fast charging plugs
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority—$1,684,462
    • Will replace (6) eligible freight and delivery trucks with BEV trucks
    • Will install supporting EV charging infrastructure

York County:

  • Day & Ross USA Inc.—$1,883,161
    • Will replace (5) eligible Class 8 freight trucks with BEVs
    • Will install (2) DC fast EV chargers