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Today, the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCleanFuels) and Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) released the “Reducing Diesel Emissions for a Healthier Tennessee” (RDE4HT) funding for 2019. This rebate program is Tennessee’s state EPA funding for next year; access the below linked Request for Proposals (RFP) and Application for more information.

ETCleanFuels manages the RDE4HT funding under the aegis of the TDEC.  The funding can cover 100% of the incremental cost for replacing older diesel vehicles with a new alternatively fueled vehicle, up to a maximum of $25,000 per vehicle.  Here are further details on the funding program:

  1. Fleets that operate in any county across the entire state of Tennessee may apply for funding.
  2. The entire RFP and included application is only 10 pages.
  3. Electric, propane autogas, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles are applicable new vehicles. The program will also accept new diesel that are non-plug-in or plug-in hybrids, so long as the improved fuel economy reaches or exceeds a 20%.
  4. Vehicle replacements must include a 2009 or older diesel vehicle that will have a hole drilled in the engine to show proof of destruction. Additionally this year, vehicle replacements can include 2010 or newer engine model year vehicles that are to be destroyed and replaced by new alt-fuel vehicles, but the new vehicle engine must be certified to the optional low-NOx standard, or zero emission.
  5. Truckstop electrification (TSE) & electric trailer refrigeration units (eTRU) can also be funded in this grant program.

More information is provided in the RDE4HT RFP, including the deadline for ETCleanFuels to receive applications. Access the 2019 RFP & Application here.

Tennessee Clean Fuels can answer any questions you have about this funding. Just use the contact information that is provided in the funding RFP.

See the current application here.

Read more about the RDE4HT program here.