Kenworth EV Grant Initiative connects customers to funding

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Updated Dec 14, 2021
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Kenworth electric vehicle grants help customers to find and secure funding assistance toward the purchase of Kenworth T680E, K270E and K370E battery electric vehicles and supporting charging equipment.

Kenworth’s major initiative tracks more than 75 federal, state, county and municipal grant and incentive programs in the U.S. and Canada — each with varying requirements, eligibility, funding awards and timelines. The effort supports private and public fleets across a wide range of industries, including drayage operations, municipal services, local pickup and delivery and regional freight, the company says.

The Kenworth Electrification team works closely with each customer to create the best-fit vehicle, EV charging equipment and infrastructure package. The team participates in workgroups and seminars with agencies responsible for the various grant programs. Agencies often issue a call for commentary and host workshops to enable OEMs, environmental groups — and sometimes customers — voice their opinions and help guide the agency toward a new framework more beneficial for grantees.

“The Kenworth Electrification team fills the “voice for the customer” role during these workshops and open commentary periods and paves the way for fleets and truck operators to obtain access to available funds,” says Jim Walenczak, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing. “Kenworth already has helped its customers secure $10 million in vehicle and EV supply equipment funding with an additional $1.5 million pending final decisions by various agencies.”

Hank Johnson, Kenworth general sales manager, says, “Through this process, we’ve learned that no two grants are alike, and that by partnering with our customers, we can help simplify the grant and funding process. Our team is identifying grants as they become available as well as assisting customers with the funding requirements and applications. Beyond vehicle incentives, Kenworth also is alerting dealers and customers about infrastructure funding and incentives in their local market to help speed up this important component of BEV sales growth.”

The Kenworth Electrification team also will work with customers during the full lifecycle of their BEV fleet to collect and sell Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits and generate new revenue, Johnson noted. 

The comprehensive program is part of the Kenworth Driving to Zero Emissions initiative. In addition to the Class 8 T680E, Class 7 K370E and Class 6 K270E, the program provides new EV charging stations.

Paccar Parts electric vehicle charging stations maximize coverage over a full range of Kenworth electric vehicles, with output power from 20 to 350 kW. Customers can rely on the expertise of Paccar Parts and its infrastructure partners to tailor EV charger solutions to fit the needs of any size fleet. EV chargers can be purchased from Kenworth dealers.

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