How to obtain a grant for CNG vehicles

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There are various subsidies aimed at encouraging the transition to more fuel-efficient vehicles. These include the Eco-Trucking program and the EBI-Desjardins grant.

Are you interested in taking part in the movement, but wondering how to get a subsidy for natural gas vehicles? We can help!

Find out what you need to know in this article. Let’s get started!

Becoming eligible for a grant

First and foremost, you have to meet certain eligibility criteria when you apply for a grant for a compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle.

1 — Belong to the targeted clientele

The Eco-Trucking program is intended for companies, organizations or individuals registered in the Register of Heavy Vehicle Owners and Operators of the Commission des transports du Québec with a satisfactory safety rating. The establishment must also be located in Quebec to benefit from the grant.

2 — Ensure the compliance of the vehicles concerned

At the time of application, you must ensure that the vehicle or vehicles in question are registered in Quebec and considered heavy vehicles within the meaning of the Act respecting owners, operators and drivers of heavy vehicles.

In light of this, passenger vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances and off-road vehicles are not eligible for the grant.

3 — Comply with the criteria for technologies and equipment

In your application, you also need to select the technologies that are on the list of those eligible for program funding.

In addition, the equipment or appliances covered by your application must also be new, unless they come from the Used Vehicle Pilot Project. In this case, the technology must be between 3 and 6 years old and immaculate for the first time in Quebec at the time of the transaction.

4 — Submit an application before the deadline

Finally, in order to be eligible for the Eco-Trucking program grant, you must submit your application no later than November 1, 2020. However, since the program has a total budget of $81.35 million and cannot be exceeded, there is always a risk that the program will be full before the project’s end date of December 31, 2020.

Fill out a formal grant application form

Once you are certain that you meet the eligibility criteria, you can begin the process and apply for financial assistance using the “Application for Financial Assistance for the Acquisition of Technology” form.

Available on the website of the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports, this form will have you provide all the necessary information for your request.

The EBI-Desjardins grant, an additional support for obtaining a CNG vehicle

The Eco-Trucking program isn’t the only financial assistance program available. If you deal with EBI for your transition to natural gas, you may be eligible for the EBI-Desjardins grant.

When you become a member at Desjardins and meet certain eligibility criteria, you could benefit from a 25% refund on the cost of converting your vehicles, which can be very attractive.

Ease your transition to CNG with grants

As you can see, there are various grants available if you want to switch to CNG vehicles. When applying for a grant, it is important to meet all the eligibility criteria.

Contact EBI Natural Gas to switch to CNG as soon as possible or for more information on available financial incentives.