Pennsylvania to Offer $1500 for Hybrid Vehicle Purchases

Program is part of $7 million to fund alternative fuel projects in the state.

Published: 15-Feb-2001

HARRISBURG, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- On behalf of Gov. Tom Ridge, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary James M. Seif today reminded school districts, local governments, corporations, nonprofits and residents they have a second chance to apply for more than $7 million in funding for projects promoting the use of alternative fuels.

"DEP already has received a number of applications for exciting alternative-fuel projects that will ultimately improve air quality and reduce our dependence on foreign oil," Secretary Seif said. "But we still have more money to give out, so we are offering another chance to apply for grants to help pay for things like purchasing alternative-fuel vehicles, building refueling and recharging stations, and researching and developing new alternative-fuel technologies."

To date, DEP has awarded nearly $17 million to fund 165 projects in 33 counties. The deadline for applications is April 23.

"This year, we even are offering $1,500 to people who want to purchase hybrid-electric vehicles that are now on the market," Secretary Seif said.

Grants awarded this year under the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program will cover up to 30 percent of the applicant's eligible costs. Studies show that alternative fuels emit no particulate matter, less carbon monoxide and fewer pollutants that contribute to ground-level ozone, or smog, than conventional gasoline and diesel fuel. A third of Pennsylvania's ozone comes from gasoline-powered vehicles and refueling operations.

Alternative fuel vehicle projects funded by DEP in the last six years have helped to reduce hydrocarbon emissions by 1.5 tons per year, carbon monoxide emissions by five tons per year and nitrogen oxide emissions by four tons per year. This is equivalent to removing 200 gasoline-powered vehicles from Pennsylvania roads every year.

Alternative fuels include compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquid propane gas (LPG), ethanol (E85), methanol (M85), hydrogen, hythane, electricity, coal-derived liquid fuels and fuels derived from biological materials.

Applications can be requested by contacting Karen Miller at P.O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468; by emailing; by calling (717) 787-9702; or by faxing (717) 772-2303, Attn: AFIG. The application package also may be obtained by visiting DEP through the PA PowerPort at or directly at (directLINK "alternative fuels").

    CONTACT:  Christy H. Young
              Information Specialist
              (717) 787-9702
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Education

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