Frederick, MD. – February 1, 2022 —ThompsonGas, LLC headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, announced it has been awarded $439,125 in funding for an alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Pennsylvania. This grant is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) wherein more than $2.7 million in Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIGs) are to be awarded to 18 cleaner fuel transportation projects statewide.
“These projects will help every single Pennsylvanian breathe cleaner air at school, in their communities, and at their workplaces,” DEP Executive Deputy Secretary Ramez Ziadeh said. “The impact of these grants is not limited to a specific city block or bound by a municipal property line.”
The AFIG Program funds projects that replace older gasoline- or diesel-fueled vehicles with cleaner fuel vehicles that help reduce emissions of carbon monoxide, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide, a principal greenhouse gas.
The program supports electric, ethanol, biodiesel, compressed natural gas (CNG), propane gas and other cleaner fuel vehicles. It also supports the installation of fueling stations for these vehicles.
As part of the AFIG Program, the state of Pennsylvania released that ThompsonGas will receive $280,125 in AFIG funding for the purchase of 27 class 3+ propane delivery vehicles at the LKQ locations in York and Bethlehem, as well as $159,000 in AFIG funding for installing two propane autogas refueling infrastructures to fuel LKQ’s retrofitted fleet vehicles at their respective branch locations in York and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
LKQ Corporation is the world’s largest recycler of automotive vehicles and has partnered with ThompsonGas on multiple autogas projects across the country.
“ThompsonGas’ commitment to autogas is proven by the transition to running our own fleet on our own fuel. Safety, lower cost per mile, and environmental responsibility are just a few of the reasons that ThompsonGas and many others around the country are turning to autogas,” Monte McLeod, Director of Autogas for ThompsonGas, said.
The 76-year-old company is known as a pioneer in the propane industry and continues to lead the industry in autogas developments. This project will clear the air of an estimated 269,904 tons of carbon emissions and continue ThompsonGas’ clean energy initiatives.