Drive Clean Indiana awarded $5.27M in Final Round of Indiana Volkswagen grants

Drive Clean Indiana awarded $5.27M in Final Round of Indiana Volkswagen grants

Drive Clean Indiana (DCI), a Clean Cities and Communities coalition managed by Legacy Environmental Services, was awarded $5.27M in Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund grant funds. The sum represents 82 percent awarded to DCI members and partners of the $6.25M in Round 4 funding.

The Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee approved the successful grant applications, written by DCI on behalf of its members and partners, during a virtual meeting Tuesday, June 18.

Drive Clean Indiana is proud of our fleets’ efforts to help decarbonize transportation in Indiana,” Drive Clean Indiana Executive Director Carl Lisek said. “Drive Clean Indiana’s
efforts have been the backbone in helping Indiana’s fleets deploy these innovative transportation projects. Indiana fleets are national leaders when it
comes to successful alternative fuel deployments.”

DCI members and partners receiving grant awards for the final round include City of Gary, Creighton Brothers, Gary Chicago International Airport (GYY), Gary Public Transport Corp (GPTC), Lafayette Limo, NTN Driveshaft, Pitt Ohio, School City of Hobart, Tire Rack, UPS, and Venture Logistics.

The projects involve 33 vehicles which include refuse trucks, transit buses, school buses, terminal tractors, and street sweepers with fueling systems including compressed natural gas, liquid propane gas, and electric.

In October 2017, Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed an executive order outlining steps to distribute Indiana’s $40.9 million portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund, which was formed as a result of a settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Volkswagen Corporation for its violation of the federal Clean Air Act.

The executive order established the 11-member Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee and named the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) as the beneficiary and the administrative agency for the trust fund. Projects eligible for grant funds under the program must reduce NOx emissions from diesel-powered vehicles and equipment and include the replacement and repowering of existing diesel vehicles or equipment with cleaner alternatives serving the same purpose.

This week’s funding announcement builds on the past successes of Drive Clean Indiana in assisting its members and partners with Volkswagen funding projects. Since 2019, Drive Clean Indiana has written or assisted on $35 million worth of grant funds with 441 clean vehicle deployments! For the final round of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, the nonprofit’s members and partners were awarded more than 82 percent of the awards approved by the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee totaling more than $5.2 million for projects involving 33 vehicles, more than 94 percent of all the vehicles funded.

The 2024 grant awardees assisted by Drive Clean Indiana include a host of firsts while building on existing Green Fleet initiatives. Lafayette Limo was awarded funding for the first all-electric coach bus in the state for airport shuttles. Gary Public Transportation Corporation received funding for two more electric transit buses. School City of Hobart was awarded funding for their transition into propane fueled buses. The City of Gary was awarded funding for the CNG refuse trucks. Creighton Brothers, NTN Driveshaft, Pitt Ohio, Tire Rack, and Venture Logistics were awarded funding for all-electric terminal truck projects.

“The success of Drive Clean Indiana is directly related to the Green Fleet programs with NIRPC and MACOG,” Lisek said. “Working cohesively to help educate fleets through the Green Fleet programs has helped fleets analyze operational costs and emissions baseline. Planning has been the most successful factor in funding these sustainable transportation projects.”

Grantee County Grant Award Amount of Equipment Equipment Detail
City of Gary Lake $570,000.00 3 CNG Garbage Trucks
Creighton Brothers Kosciusko $233,212.00 1 Electric Terminal Tractor
Delta Airlines Marion $183,918.00 5 Electric GSEs
Gary Airport Lake $442,088.00 1 Electric Street Sweeper
GPTC Lake $500,000.00 2 Electric Transit Buses
Indy Airport Marion $570,000.00 1 Electric Shuttle Bus
Lafayette Limo Tippecanooe $965,466.00 1 Electric Coach Airport Shuttle
McCoy MGI Leasing Marion $221,289.00 1 Electric Terminal Tractors
NTN Driveshaft Bartholomew $295,151.00 1 Electric Terminal Tractor
Pitt Ohio Marion $266,960.00 1 Electric Terminal Tractor
School City of Hobart Lake $77,188.00 2 LPG School Buses
Tire Rack St. Joseph $520,392.00 2 Electric Terminal Tractors
UPS Hendricks $424,000.00 10 CNG Trucks
Venture Logistics Tippecanooe $1,000,000.00 4 Electric Terminal Tractors
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