Titan Freight Systems has secured more than $1.2 million from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) – part of $8.1 million in funding for projects designed to reduce diesel emissions across the state and among vulnerable populations.
Under the Diesel Emissions Mitigation Grant Program, 12 projects will help eliminate air contaminants affecting public health and climate by retrofitting or replacing older medium- and heavy-duty diesel equipment with new, cleaner alternatives.
Titan Freight will use the funds to replace six diesel-powered units with electrics, becoming "one of the first, if not the first, carrier in Oregon with Class 8 heavy duty electric trucks," said Titan CEO Keith Wilson, adding the company expects to receive the first three trucks late next year and the final three in early 2023. "We are over the moon excited."
Titan's grant allocation was the single largest sum awarded to the selected projects that collectively ODEQ expects will remove more than 200 tons of air pollution, including nitrogen oxide and fine particulate matter from Oregon’s air.
They range from installing diesel particulate filters in heavy-duty truck fleets based in the Portland Metro area to replacing diesel-powered street sweepers with new, zero emissions electric equipment in the Willamette Valley, to converting waste and freight hauling trucks to zero emissions electric transportation across the state.