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Texas launches $2,500 incentive for CNG, electric vehicles
Fuel Fix ^ | May 14, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell

Posted on 05/14/2014 9:54:13 AM PDT by thackney

Drivers will now be able to get up to $2,500 in state incentives to help purchase alternative-fuel vehicles, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced this week.

Officials with TCEQ said it’s the first time the agency has offered an alternative fuel vehicle incentive program specifically geared towards light-duty vehicles. The incentive program was part of state legislation that was approved by the state legislature a year ago.

Joe Walton, manager of the implementation grants section at TCEQ, said previous efforts to launch the program had sputtered as they’ve failed to get funding.

The new program will provide up to $7.7 million in incentives to help defray the cost of leasing or buying light-duty vehicles powered by electricity, compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas, also known as propane. Until now, the agency’s incentives have applied to heavy- and medium- duty vehicles that were geared toward fleet applications.

But now, buyers of consumer-grade vehicles like the electric Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt, or CNG versions of the Honda Civic or Ford F-150, are eligible.

The changes were part of the state’s Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, which offers financial incentives for lower-emissions vehicles as part of en effort to improve air quality in the state. TCEQ had been sorting out the rules of what type of vehicles would be eligible for the program since last year.

The program runs through June 2015 but will conclude if it runs out of money earlier.

The program would only partially offset the cost of the alternative fuel vehicles, which generally cost significantly more than their gasoline-powered counterparts. Converting an F-150 to run on CNG, for example, can cost $7,500 to $9,500, and the Chevrolet Volt costs about $34,185, more than many luxury sedans.

But Walton emphasized that TCEQ’s incentives can be combined with other grant programs offered by the state as well as the federal government. The federal government offers tax credits of $2,500 to $7,500 for some electric vehicles, for example.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, officials were preparing for a grand opening of San Antonio’s first CNG station in a move they say will help provide a vital link for drivers making trips between Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Texas has 44 public CNG stations.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cng; efv; energy
I hate to see us adding to government subsidies...
1 posted on 05/14/2014 9:54:13 AM PDT by thackney
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To: thackney

I hate that kind of stuff, it’s stupid


2 posted on 05/14/2014 9:55:26 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: thackney

Stupid and ignorant.


3 posted on 05/14/2014 9:56:50 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: thackney

4 posted on 05/14/2014 9:57:10 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: thackney

Amen, subsidies should have already been phased out.


5 posted on 05/14/2014 9:57:41 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: thackney

When the money runs out, they better shut it down, or those voting for this PR-motivated policy should lose their seats.


6 posted on 05/14/2014 9:57:49 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: thackney

I do notice that Texas has some problems of its own.


7 posted on 05/14/2014 9:58:01 AM PDT by DManA
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8 posted on 05/14/2014 9:59:21 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: thackney

Not to worry.......it will fail and be long forgotten.


9 posted on 05/14/2014 10:00:52 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: thackney

But then, the state will turn around and charge such beneficiaries a surcharge to cover the necessarily lessened gas tax collections, like everywhere else.


10 posted on 05/14/2014 10:02:19 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: thackney

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI


11 posted on 05/14/2014 10:12:33 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: thackney

If they would use Texas CNG and home garage systems this would be a great idea. There is a company in Oklahoma that makes an overnight CNG that can refill a tank over night using your house natural gas. That way the first 100 miles would be at a much less per gallon cost. http://www.hypresequip.com/compressed-natural-gas-home-fill-station


12 posted on 05/14/2014 10:27:40 AM PDT by pwatson
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To: thackney

There one and only one problem with CNG. The Pumps to fill tanks( within 10 minutes) are enormously expensive. Compressing gas to 3000psi is no easy feat.


13 posted on 05/14/2014 10:41:45 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

There will be a definite advantage to the commercial stations that are located where they can get a tap off the transmission line at ~1,000 psi versus the in-town station with the low pressure distribution line.

Home compression overnight can take 8 hours so the slow flow helps keep those units more affordable. I think it was GE that claimed they were going to produce one for $500; haven’t seen it out yet.


14 posted on 05/14/2014 10:46:14 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
I saw lots of these for sale back in 1975 Tulsa. Never saw one being driven. The fad didn't last long.


15 posted on 05/14/2014 10:53:31 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: thackney

There are charging stations downtown and at several malls in San Antonio. I have never seen one used. Not once. Thanks, Mayor Castro...


16 posted on 05/14/2014 10:59:21 AM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
I prefer:

CNG does not require the vehicle to be a pile of crap.

17 posted on 05/14/2014 11:03:44 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Funny how you never see the natural gas or electricity providers using CNG or electric vehicles in their own fleets.


18 posted on 05/14/2014 11:40:37 AM PDT by Rockpile
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To: Rockpile

I’ve seen a lot of CNG vehicles at gas companies.


19 posted on 05/14/2014 11:41:50 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

So they want more coal cars, but don’t like coal? Oh wait, do they stilllllll think electricity just comes from the wall?


20 posted on 05/14/2014 11:52:01 AM PDT by Phillyred
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To: Phillyred
In Texas, we get more from Natural Gas.

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21 posted on 05/14/2014 12:04:09 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

PA is headed that way too. We should have natural gas cars right now. Burns clean, cheap and lots of it in the USA.


22 posted on 05/14/2014 1:00:40 PM PDT by Phillyred
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To: Phillyred
I am sure they will grow in Nat Gas Generation. But it is running 3rd for them now.

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23 posted on 05/14/2014 1:05:54 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Phillyred

Honda Natural Gas
http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-natural-gas/


24 posted on 05/14/2014 1:07:45 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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