State’s Choice of Diesel-Powered School Buses, Vehicles and Equipment Will Deliver Cleaner Air to the State’s Most Vulnerable Communities
August 28, 2019 |
74 Vehicles to be Upgraded to the Most Advanced Diesel Technology, Delivering Cleaner Air to the State’s Most Vulnerable Communities
August 28, 2019 (SALT LAKE CITY) – The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded $25.5 million to fund vehicle replacements in priority communities most in need of emission reductions across the state. These funds represent the majority of the $35 million allocated to Utah as part of the Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust. Seven percent of the state’s $35 million settlement from Volkswagen remains to be spent before October 2027.
Of the vehicles to be replaced, 51 heavy-duty freight trucks and 23 school buses will be upgraded to the newest-generation diesel engine. In use since 2010, new-generation advanced technology diesel engines are equipped with the most advanced emissions control technology available: diesel particulate filters and selective catalytic reduction systems. These technologies capture nearly all fine particle (PM) and virtually eliminate smog-forming nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions to near-zero levels. It would take 60 to today’s new-generation diesel trucks to generate the same emissions as a single truck manufactured in 1988.
“While heavy-duty diesel engine replacements only receive 32 percent of the state’s funding in this round, these 74 vehicles will deliver the greatest emission reductions by far, even beyond zero-emission projects,” said Ezra Finkin, policy director for the Diesel Technology Forum, a non-profit educational organization that for two decades has been raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. “The lower cost of new, advanced diesel technologies allows more vehicles to be replaced for the limited funds available, meaning a greater portion of the fleet can be upgraded to near-zero emissions technologies.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that investments in clean diesel technology is a more cost-effective strategy to immediately reduce NOx emissions from older vehicles and equipment than emerging alternatives such as battery electric commercial trucks. Replacing a single older class 8 tractor with a new diesel option can eliminate over 2 tons of NOx emissions.
Learn more at https://www.dieselforum.org/vwfund
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About The Diesel Technology Forum
The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information visit https://www.dieselforum.org/.
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