David Schaller with North American Council for Freight Efficiency to speak at LCF Fall Stakeholder Meeting | Oct 25th

    "I don't like to save money" said no one, ever.

    The trucking industry runs on efficiency, whether it is the efficiency to extend the range of an alternative fueled vehicle or one of the many ways that diesel powered trucks can raise their MPG’s (aerodynamics, powertrains, idle reduction, tires, inflation systems…).  The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is focused on helping fleets and dealers create more efficient operations.  Dave Schaller will be speaking at our Fall Stakeholder Meeting regarding the reports, tools and benchmarking that NACFE makes available to the transportation industry.  In 2017 for example, NACFE conducted a “Run On Less” demonstration with 7 fleets that utilized only production options on tractors and trailers that averaged 10.1 MPG over the course of 17 days.  Recent NACFE reports cover areas such as electric vehicles, platooning and solar panels.  

    Attend the Louisiana Clean Fuels Fall Stakeholder Meeting on October 25th in Baton Rouge and find out how NACFE can help you rapidly benchmark your fleet to cut your fuel expenses.

    This event is free and open to the public. LMTA and LCF Members encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required.


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    EPA's Clean Diesel School Bus Rebate Program is open for application!

    2018 EPA School Bus Rebate Program

    Over $9 million available

    Application Submission Deadline Approaching

    November 6, 2018

    EPA to offer rebates in addition to grants to reduce harmful emissions from older, dirtier diesel vehicles. The rebate program has funded vehicle replacements or retrofits for over one thousand vehicles to date. Typically, the rebate application period opens in the fall and projects are completed in less than one year.

    2018 DERA School Bus Rebate Program

    School buses travel over four billion miles each year, providing the safest transportation to and from school for more than 25 million American children every day. However, diesel exhaust from these buses has a negative impact on human health, especially for children, who have a faster breathing rate than adults and whose lungs are not yet fully developed.

    The 2018 School Bus Rebate Program will offer over $9 million to public and private fleet owners for the replacement of old diesel school buses with new buses certified to EPA’s cleanest emission standards. EPA will award selected applicants $15,000-20,000 per bus for scrapping and replacing old buses. 

    Important Dates

    Activity Date
    2018 DERA School Bus Rebate Program opens. EPA begins accepting applications with scans of titles and registrations submitted to [email protected]. Monday, October 1, 2018
    Webinar for applicants:
    Call-in Number: 1-202-991-0477
    Access Code: 210 7951#
    Thursday, October 11, 2018
    2:00-3:00 p.m. ET 
    Deadline for submitting application questions to [email protected] helpline Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    Deadline for emailing applications with scans of bus titles and registrations to [email protected]
    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    4 p.m. ET

    Official selection letters emailed to selectees  and wait-list posted online January 2019 (estimated)
    Deadline for submitting copies of purchase orders for replacement buses April 2019 (estimated)
    Deadline for submitting documentation of delivery of replacement buses and scrappage of old buses. EPA will send rebate payment within one month of receipt of complete materials.  September 2019

    Rebate Application Form and Supporting Documents

    The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document will be updated weekly during the application period. Questions and answers submitted through October 30, including those from the webinar, will be added to this document.

    Eligible Entities

    • Regional, state, or tribal agency that has jurisdiction over transportation and air quality, including school districts and municipalities
    • Private entities that operate school buses under a contract with an entity listed above
    • Fleets with up to 100 school buses may submit one application listing up to 10 buses for scrappage and replacement
    • Fleets with more than 100 school buses may submit up to two rebate applications, each listing up to 10 different buses for scrappage and replacement

    Selection Process

    • Applicants will be selected in a lottery, with at least one selectee from each state/territory represented in the applicant pool.

    Eligible Old School Buses to be Replaced

    • Used to transport 10+ pre-primary, primary, or secondary school students to school or homes
    • Driven 10k or more miles over the last 12 months or in use 3+ days/week during the school year
    • Owned by applicant without any active liens
    • Class 3-8 diesel-powered buses [greater than 10,000 lb Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)]
    • Buses powered by 2006 or older model year engines must be replaced with buses powered by a 2017 or newer model year engine
    • Engine and chassis must be scrapped before receiving rebate payment

    Eligible Replacement Buses

    • Powered by a 2017 or newer model year engine. Eligible replacement buses may operate on diesel, gasoline, battery, or alternative fuels.
    • Operate in a similar manner and over similar routes as the bus being replaced
    • Be purchased, not leased or leased-to-own 
    • Rebate reimbursement is $15,000 for replacement buses between 10,001-19,500 lbs. GVWR and $20,000 for replacement buses with GVWR of 19,501 lbs. or higher

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