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Maryland Alternative Fuel Vehicle and Infrastructure Programs Open

The Maryland Energy Administration announced that the Maryland Freedom Fleet Voucher (FFV) Program for the 2017 fiscal year is now accepting applications on a first come, first served basis. The FFV Program provides financial assistance for the purchase of new and converted alternative fueled vehicles registered in the state of Maryland. Vouchers will be used to reduce the purchase price up to a maximum of $40,000 per vehicle based on gross vehicle weight (GVW).

Eligible vehicles include on-highway dedicated CNG and LNG vehicles registered in Maryland. Vehicles must be a commercial, non-profit agency or public fleet vehicle. However, public funded transit agencies are not eligible. Vehicles must be operated for three years, and the limit for total voucher requests is limited to $300,000 (15 percent of program budget). The application deadline is May 5, 2017. More information is available on the program website.

In addition, the Maryland Energy Administration’s Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program is open and will provide financial assistance to eligible applicants, who desire to install, own and operate publicly accessible alternative fuel infrastructure in Maryland.

Private businesses are eligible to apply for the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Grant Program. Eligible projects must be sited within Maryland and must apply commercially available technologies. Grants will be awarded from $35,000 to $500,000, and will require a cost share of at least 50 percent. Up to $2 million is available for infrastructure projects.

Awards will be issued on competitive basis. Applications are due February 10, 2017. More information is available on the program website.