CNGVCCalifornia Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition
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According to CNGVC, CARB said it abandoned the tougher emissions standard because transit agencies that power their buses with compressed natural gas would lose state funding opportunities for new bus purchases if the original standard were left in place.
However, CNGVC said CARB staff failed to point out to the board that federal incentives cover more than 83 percent of the cost of new alternative fuel buses, "which so sharply reduces the cost of new buses for transit agencies that the state funding program isn't relevant.
Additionally, CNGVC notes that, contrary to what some in the media have alleged, the natural gas vehicle industry is not endorsing the third option.
In fact, NGVs reduce greenhouse emissions up to 30 percent over gasoline vehicles, exactly the amount of reduction called for by CARB," said CNGVC president Mike Eaves.