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The Shift – May 2022

By May 20, 2022October 18th, 2022No Comments

Your bimonthly roundup of news
about moving beyond diesel

The Shift is a bimonthly news roundup from the Colorado Clean Diesel Program, which is managed by CLEER. If you’re thinking about upgrading your fleet, remember that we make grants of up to 45% of the project costs for replacing certain types of diesel-powered vehicles and equipment with newer, cleaner, technologies. Full info is at our website.

CCDP awards $614,000 for all-electric material handler

CCDP has inked its biggest grant agreement to date – $614,000 to Commerce City-based Rocky Mountain Recycling for the purchase of an all-electric, grid-powered material handler. The Sennebogen 840 E will replace a 2011 diesel-powered unit, displacing 12,000 gallons of diesel annually. The project is located in Colorado’s ozone nonattainment zone and one of the most polluted areas in the state. The new rig is expected to be installed in spring 2023. Congrats, RMR!

Delta organic farm will own Colorado’s first EV farm tractor

Honey Rock Landing, an organic farm outside of Delta on the Western Slope, will soon take delivery of Colorado’s first EV farm tractor. Honey Rock is buying a $58,000 Monarch MK-V, and the CCDP will fund 45% of the cost. Says manager Kyle Houlton: “Electric power is one way to invest in on-farm power generation by harnessing the source of energy that also grows our peaches, cherries, and pears. We’ve been taking ancient sun-plant power in the form of fossil fuels, but those took eons to build up—it is a limited resource with costly side effects. Electric tractors provide an efficiency and long-term form of power that can ultimately be derived from the sun.”

Volvo CE unveils three new electric machines

Volvo Construction Equipment has unveiled three new electric equipment models, the L20 Electric compact wheel loader and the EC18 and ECR18 Electric compact excavators. Along with the previously announced L25 Electric compact wheel loader and ECR25 Electric compact excavator, Volvo CE will now have the broadest range of electric equipment in the construction industry. This was one of several EV announcements made at the recent ACT Expo.

Colorado officials finalize Clean Truck Strategy

Colorado’s plan to encourage the use of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks has been finalized after extensive public input. A key focus of the strategy is the implementation and leveraging of several new opportunities and funding sources to help build the market for zero emission trucks and buses in Colorado that collectively total nearly $1 billion in investments. Read more…

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