The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced its selection of 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) will participate in at least seven program awards representing $32.9 million in funding to be applied toward the purchase and support of 638 hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles by several leading national fleet operators. Daimler's range of participation and deployment of vehicle technologies is expected to increase as selected Clean Cities programs — including those involving ports, municipal and school bus fleets — use funds toward vehicle purchases.
Working with its customers and dealers, DTNA helped to spearhead the submittal of these winning applications, which represent nearly $100 million in project value including more than $84 million in vehicle costs and approximately $14 million in alternative fuel refueling infrastructure across the United States.
Funding for the projects was awarded based on applications submitted in partnership with Clean Cities Coalitions and directed to the DOE's “Clean Cities Petroleum Reduction Technologies Projects for the Transportation Sector Funding Opportunity.”
The projects call for the deployment of multiple commercially available advanced and alternative fuel products offered by the company under its Freightliner and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC).
The DOE funding will be used to support the manufacture and sale of these truck models:
Freightliner Business Class M2e 106 hybrid electric trucks and tractors
Freightliner Business Class M2 112 LNG tractors
Freightliner Business Class(r) M2 112 CNG trucks and tractors
Freightliner Custom Chassis hybrid electric walk-in vans
Freightliner Custom Chassis hydraulic hybrid walk-in vans
Freightliner Custom Chassis CNG walk-in vans