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DEP launches $12.7 million initiative to electrify truck fleets for cleaner air


HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today launched "Electrifying Truck Fleets for Cleaner Air in Our Communities," a $12.7 million Driving PA Forward initiative to improve air quality by supporting local freight truck electrification.

Projects serving environmental justice areas, high traffic density areas, and Act 47 financially distressed municipalities are a top priority for funding.

"Our newest Driving PA Forward initiative aims to support transformational scale electrification of local trucks to improve air quality in communities with some of the highest air pollution levels in Pennsylvania," said DEP Acting Secretary Ramez Ziadeh. "A growing number of communities are proactively pursuing healthier air quality and greenhouse emission reductions. They're interested in zero-emission electric options for the kinds of trucks that travel their neighborhoods on a regular basis. To help their transition to electric vehicles, DEP will provide at least 75% and, in some cases, 100% of funding to electrify local freight truck fleets."

In addition, DEP announced $1.7 million in Driving PA Forward State Clean Diesel Grants to three projects to replace old diesel trucks with zero- or low-emission trucks.