Carson Tahoe Health was awarded a grant from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection as a result of a Volkswagen settlement to replace a diesel-powered delivery truck with an electric truck.
The $241,009 grant was part of $5.5 million in Volkswagen settlement grants used to replace over a dozen diesel trucks and buses with new emissions-free electric vehicles.
“Utilizing an electric truck is just one additional way Carson Tahoe Health can work to keep our air clean and reduce the impact to our environment,” said Dave Lamb, manager of plant ops at Carson Tahoe Health. “We want to be good stewards of our resources because we know this impacts our community’s health. Thanks to advancements in technology and the state’s commitment to move in that direction, we can put our community first and do our part to mitigate environmental issues in our region.”
Collectively, these electric vehicle replacements will eliminate more than 100 tons of harmful diesel pollution, improving overall air quality and supporting the goal of a healthy, sustainable, climate-resilient Nevada, NDEP said in a press release.
Also awarded grants were:
• Clark County Department of Aviation: $4.95 million - Replace 11 diesel-powered shuttle buses with electric buses at Harry Reid International Airport
• MGM Grand Hotel (Clark County): $265,000 - Replace a diesel-powered delivery truck with an electric truck
“How we transport ourselves and move goods across Nevada matters – for our environment, for our air quality, and for the health and vibrancy of our communities,” said NDEP Administrator Greg Lovato. “Transportation is the number one source of greenhouse gas emissions in Nevada, degrades air quality more acutely in urban areas, and disproportionately increases air pollution in historically disadvantaged communities. As Nevada moves full speed ahead towards a more equitable and sustainable transportation future, NDEP is proud to partner with Clark County, MGM, and Carson Tahoe Health to invest VW funds in projects that support the electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that travel in and around our communities and neighborhoods.”
The grants were announced one day before Earth Day.
Learn more at ndep.nv.gov/air/vw-settlement