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Colorado Offers $4M in Grants for Alt-Fuels

February 03, 2016

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Fleets predominantly working within the marked region qualify for the AFV funding.
Fleets predominantly working within the marked region qualify for the AFV funding.

Fleets in Colorado can now apply for grant funding to pay for the incremental cost of alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs). The funding is part of the ALT Fuels Colorado program, administered by the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC), and is intended to improve air quality and incentivize widespread, early adoption of these vehicles in Colorado. This year, the second year of the program, $4 million will be available for vehicles.

AFVs that are eiligible include new OEM compressed natural gas (CNG) , electric, propane autogas and CNG bi-fuel vehicles over 6,000 lbs. GVWR. Funding for AFV purchases is available for public, non-profit, and private fleets operating predominately within Colorado’s ozone nonattainment and carbon monoxide maintenance areas, which include  all of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties as well as areas of El Paso, Teller, Larimer, and Weld counties.

The grant will pay up to 80% of the incremental difference between the alt-fuel vehicle and the comparable, conventionally fueled vehicle up to the following maximums:

Duty Class RAQC Funding for 
Public & Non-Profit Fleets
RAQC Funding for
Private Fleets
Light-Duty AFV (6,001-10,000 lbs.) $7,000 $3,000
Medium-Duty AFV (10,001-26,000 lbs.) $25,000 $15,000
Heavy-Duty AFV (26,001+ lbs.) $35,000 $22,000

Vehicles may be purchased or leased, but leased vehicles must be kept for a minimum of five years.

Applications are due Feb. 29. Additional information can be found in the application guide.

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