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DEP awards $1 million to clean energy vehicle projects in Pittsburgh region

Stephen Huba
Trib tech reporter Aaron Aupperlee demos a scooter from Scoobi in Shadyside in June 2018.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has awarded more than $1 million in grants for nine clean energy vehicle projects in southwestern Pennsylvania, DEP said.

The funding, which comes from the state’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants program, supports the replacement of older shuttles, school buses, waste-hauling trucks and other vehicles with cleaner, natural gas and electric vehicles, as well as the installation of fueling stations for such vehicles.

The projects in southwestern Pennsylvania are expected to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 5,745 metric tons, DEP said. They are as follows:


  • City of Pittsburgh — $135,160 to add eight two-plug electric vehicle charging stations to a city fleet lot and $67,500 for nine electric vehicles for the fleet.
  • Scoobi Inc. — $150,000 for 150 electric scooters for a rideshare fleet.
  • UPMC — $61,950 for six compressed natural gas-powered buses to replace diesel buses in the UPMC Employee Transit program.
  • McCandless Township Sanitary Authority — $31,200 for five propane/gasoline bi-fuel vehicles.


  • DMJ Transportation — $151,555 for 17 liquid propane gas-powered school buses to service the Mt. Pleasant Area School District.
  • Note to Health LLC — $4,729 for a plug-in hybrid for a touring nutrition education program.


  • Lego-V — $352,800 for an innovative technology project to build a virtual pipeline system to transport renewable compressed natural gas to markets in Pennsylvania.
  • Classy Cab Company — $67,500 for nine electric vehicles.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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