Recipients will purchase 29 new electric transit buses, electric and alternate-fueled school buses and shuttle buses, and public works vehicles
Santa Fe—The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announced this week that $7.3 million has been awarded for seven projects across the state from the Volkswagen Settlement fund.
NMED designated this third and final round of federal settlement funding for diesel emission reduction projects throughout New Mexico.
“By investing over $7 million in our urban and rural communities in clean energy vehicles, we are improving air quality while reducing emissions that cause climate change,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “Local governments are leading the way to a cleaner New Mexico.”
“These cleaner industrial vehicles will eliminate more than 15 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions that contribute to ozone pollution while improving air quality in the communities in which they operate,” said Environment Cabinet Secretary James Kenney.
The successful recipients will share $7.3 million to purchase 29 new electric transit buses, electric and alternate-fueled school buses and shuttle buses, and alternate-fueled and clean diesel solid waste and public works vehicles. The applications were evaluated based on several criteria including reduction of emissions, environmental justice and impacted population, and cost effectiveness.
The recipients are:
• City of Socorro, Socorro County for six near-zero compressed natural gas refuse and dump trucks
• South Central Solid Waste Authority, Las Cruces, Doña Ana County for replacement of five class 8 diesel trucks
• San Juan County Public Works, Aztec, San Juan County for replacement of one diesel dump truck with snowplow attachment
• Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency, Santa Fe County for replacement of two haul trucks and one roll-off truck
• Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe County for three electric school buses
• City of Albuquerque Transit Department, Bernalillo County for five electric transit buses
• University of New Mexico Parking & Transportation Services, Albuquerque, Bernalillo County for six near-zero compressed natural gas shuttle buses