A group of California school districts and transportation organizations is seeking $3.25 million in funding to acquire CNG Plug-in Hybrid school buses (PHEB).
Madera Unified School District, Clovis Unified, Fresno Unified, Kings Canyon Unified, Visalia Unified and Southwest Transportation are seeking the grant from California Air Resources Board (ARB), San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, PG&E, SoCal Gas and other entities.
ARB currently has a $5 million solicitation open for proposals for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) and Alternative Fuel Vehicle demonstration and research projects. Maximum grant award is $1.5 million. The awards will be announced in April.
In 2006, the city of Fresno ordered a heavy-duty plug-in series-hybrid CNG refuse truck from Odyne Corporation—the first of its kind. (Earlier post.)