Tennessee opens grant for APUs aimed at small trucking carriers

| 8/26/2009

Truckers in Tennessee now have an opportunity to apply for a grant to replace part of the cost of a truck APU, and small trucking companies will have first crack at the cash.

The state recently opened up the application process for its Idle Smart Clean Diesel Grant Program. The program, funded by an EPA grant of $1.73 million, is offered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and is aimed at helping “small trucking companies and independent owner-operators,” the state said.

Idle Smart grants will pay for up to 50 percent of idle-reduction technologies, and truck owners must report technology use so Tennessee can calculate fuel savings and emissions reductions per truck.

The grant program will target Tennessee trucking companies with 30 or fewer truck tractors registered and operating in the state. 

According to the state, 85 percent of the 16,000 motor carriers in Tennessee have five or fewer truck tractors in their fleets. In a statement about the program, Tennessee said priority for grant awards will be given to fleets with five or fewer truck tractors. 

All $1.73 million from the American Recovery and Re-investment Act must be spent by September 2010.

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– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer