In 2019, MPCA solicited applications for grants to partially fund replacements of older diesel trucks (class 4-8) and transit buses. This competitive grant opportunity was open to public, private, and nonprofit owners.
The on-road truck & transit bus grant funded by the VW settlement will improve Minnesota’s air quality by taking 124 old dirty diesel engines off the road, reducing harmful tailpipe pollution in the communities where these vehicles operate. The new vehicles reduce emissions by about 95 percent.
Approximately 55 applications were received in July 2019, requesting nearly $8 million in grants—more than twice the amount available. After all eligible projects were evaluated and scored, 29 businesses were notified that they would receive grant funding of up to $40,000 per vehicle.
The new trucks will replace older, more polluting models, from 2009 or earlier, and include refuse and recycling trucks, short-haul semi-trucks, flatbed, bread and fuel delivery trucks, and dump trucks. Seven of the replacements are all-electric models, and one new truck is powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). The majority of the trucks are within class 8, the largest on-road category, while roughly twenty-five percent are mid-sized trucks in class 4-7. These trucks operate in communities across the state as well as the Twin Cities metro area.
Over the lifetime of the vehicles, projects funded by this grant are expected to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (257 tons), fine particle pollution (12 tons), and greenhouse gases (11,000 tons).
|Grantee||grant||diesel||alt. fuel||Service area|
|Action Moving Services||$29,688||1||Metro|
|Allied Waste Services of North America||$168,206||6||1 CNG||Metro|
|Andy's Towing LLC||$71,895||2||Greater MN|
|Atomic Recycling LLC||$320,000||8||Metro|
|Christianson PLLP||$40,000||1||Greater MN|
|City Moving & Storage||$22,000||1||Metro|
|Crow Wing Recycling||$67,696||2||Greater MN|
|Erickson Builders & Co. Inc.||$25,285||1||Metro|
|Estes||$426,176||18||Greater MN / Metro|
|Federated Cooperative||$170,709||7||Greater MN|
|Marson Contractors, Inc.||$80,000||2||Greater MN|
|Maverick Cutting & Breaking LLC||$12,958||1||Metro|
|MG McGrath Inc.||$24,500||1||Greater MN|
|Nitti’s Contracting & Trucking Services||$80,000||2||Metro|
|Pan-O-Gold Baking||$294,250||6||4 electric||Greater MN / Metro|
|R&L Transfer, Inc.||$358,898||16||Metro|
|Severson Transport||$80,000||2||Greater MN|
|Stolt Trucking, Inc.||$120,000||3 electric||Greater MN|
|Sysco Minnesota, Inc.||$126,000||6||Metro|
|Sysco Western MN, Inc.||$63,000||3||Greater MN|
|The Vineland Group||$40,000||1||Metro|
|Thompson Gas (Como Oil)||$33,905||1||Greater MN|
|Veit & Company||$240,000||6||Metro|
|Veit Container Corp.||$240,000||6||Greater MN / Metro|
|WW Thompson Concrete Products Co.||$107,234||3||Greater MN|