News release: EGLE offers grants for new diesel engines, alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles and equipment


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Dec. 11, 2019
EGLE Media Office,, 517-284-9278
Irene Queen, EGLE Environmental Analyst,, 517-420-3230

EGLE offers grants for new diesel engines, alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles and equipment

A total of $450,000 is available for clean diesel and alternative fuel engine and equipment replacement projects under a competitive grant request for proposal (RFP) announced today by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

The 2020-21 Michigan Clean Diesel Program RFP targets efforts to replace old diesel equipment, vehicles, and engines with new diesel, alternative fuel, electric, or hybrid versions. Applicants can be cities, townships and villages; county government agencies; public school districts; private schools; public transit agencies; port authorities; metropolitan planning organizations; nonprofit organizations; or private businesses.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Jan. 30, 2020, and projects must be completed by August 2021 in one of two categories:

  • Vehicle Replacement: Funding may cover up to 25 percent of the cost of eligible diesel vehicle replacements, up to 35 percent of the cost of eligible vehicles that meet the California Air Resource Board’s optional low oxides of nitrogen standards, and up to 45 percent of the cost of an all-electric vehicle replacement. Eligible drayage vehicle replacement may be funded up to 50 percent.
  • Engine Replacement: Funding includes, but is not limited to, replacing diesel engines with an engine certified for use with diesel or an alternative fuel (e.g., compressed natural gas or propane), or a zero tailpipe emissions power source (grid battery or fuel cell). Funding for engine replacement may cover up to 40 percent for diesel or alternative fuel engines; 50 percent for low-nitrogen oxide and up to 60 percent for replacement with zero emission engines.

Two webinars explain the 2020-21 Michigan Clean Diesel Grant Program:

State and federal money fund the project, with the federal portion provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in accordance with the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act.

Visit the Michigan Clean Diesel Program website to download the full RFP application.

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