The city of Santa Monica received a grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to partially fund the purchase of 24 vehicles. Some of these vehicles include aerial lifts, street sweepers, refuse collection trucks, and other heavy-duty vehicles, powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
The purchase price of these vehicles totals $5.4 million, of which the MSRC contributed $600,000. The grant helps offset the incremental cost of CNG and LPG vehicles and assists the city to comply with air quality rules and the city’s sustainability plan.
The city of Santa Monica’s fleet is made up of 70 percent alternative fuel vehicles, including CNG, LPG, electric, biodiesel and hydrogen. These vehicles emit considerably fewer emissions compared to conventional, unleaded gasoline and diesel vehicles.