The Texas Environmental Research Consortium (TERC) has issued a request for grant applications (RFGA) for the acquisition and proof-of-concept testing of a diesel hybrid powertrain—electric or hydraulic—in a Class 4 or higher truck.
Testing should focus on attainable emissions reductions based on appropriate mission profiles or drive cycles.
This RFGA is part of the State of Texas’ New Technology Research and Development (NTRD) program. The (NTRD) program provides funds for projects related to reductions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). Projects funded by this program should advance technology that can be offered for sale in the state of Texas in less than five years after grant award.
Projects proposed in response to this RFGA should identify the incremental cost of the hybrid technology above conventional drive systems and seek to quantify and demonstrate the emissions and performance benefits of hybrid trucks compared to the same or similar trucks with a conventional drivetrain.
TERC anticipates that a total of $2,500,000 will be awarded for projects ranging from $100,000 to $500,000. A cost share equal to a minimum of 20% of the total project costs is required.