SmartWay® is a voluntary, public-private program by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that helps the freight industry reduce fleet emissions, improve fuel economy, and increase energy efficiency. The SmartWay Program includes four major elements: SmartWay Transport Partnership, SmartWay Verified Technology, SmartWay Green Vehicles, and SmartWay Global Collaboration.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) joined the SmartWay Transport Program as an Affiliate in October 2006. In this role, NCTCOG promotes SmartWay initiatives within the region by providing educational outreach to potential partners and affected industries.

NCTCOG encourages local freight fleets to join the program and improve environmental performance while enjoying the many benefits partners and companies receive.  You can see our accomplishments by checking out our NCTCOG Affiliate Smartway Recognition page. 

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Did You Know?

  • Investing in electric trucks involves a multifaceted process -- involving such aspects as securing funding, calculating related costs, assessing applications for vehicle types and acquiring charging infrastructure. 
  • The SmartWay Affiliate Program provides resources for these topics to assist fleets in making decisions on when to invest in truck electrification and how to implement the essential components involved in a way to both benefit fleets and improve local air quality. 

For more information on resources for truck electrification, visit this SmartWay webpage.

Companies with a presence in North Texas honored with this SmartWay award

  • ABF Freight, an ArcBest Company
  • Armada
  • Contract Freighters, Inc. d/b/a CFI
  • Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.
  • Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
  • Heartland Express, Inc. of Iowa
  • Hub Group
  • J.B. Hunt Transport Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Knight Transportation, Inc.
  • McDonald’s USA, LLC
  • National Carriers, Inc.
  • Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.
  • Penske Logistics LLC
  • Roehl Transport, Inc.
  • Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Inc.
  • Schneider
  • Swift Transportation Co. of Arizona, LLC
  • The Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.
  • TransAm Trucking Inc.
  • U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.
  • Walmart Transportation, LLC
  • Werner Enterprises
  • Whirlpool Corporation
  • Wilson Logistics, Inc.


Apply Now: North Texas Freight Terminal Electrification 2020

Interested private sector entities can still apply for this rebate funding opportunity worth approximately $860,000 awarded from NCTCOG.

This call for projects is open to private freight terminals or distribution centers primarily receiving heavy-duty truck Transport Refrigeration Units (TRUs) and trailer TRUs and located in the 10-county ozone nonattainment area. Eligible projects include construction and installation of Electrified Parking Spaces for heavy-duty truck TRUs and trailer TRUs, electric power monitoring equipment, and electric power connection kits. This funding can be applied toward up to 30 percent of eligible costs. 

The next deadline to apply is April 14, 2023. Funding will continue to be available until funds are expended. 

 Visit the NTFTE 2020 webpage.for more information on this rebate funding opportunity. Please contact by email with any questions.

Also Available: North Texas Clean Diesel Projects 2021

This rebate funding opportunity offers approximately $98,000 for private and public sector entities as a part of a slate of diesel emissions reduction projects.

This call for projects is open to private-sector fleets and companies, as well as public entities (such as local governments) for diesel vehicles, engines, and equipment operating in the ozone nonattainment area. This CFP covers replacement of older diesel on-road vehicles, engines, and non-road equipment with newer vehicles, engines, or non-road equipment. This also includes instalation of Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay verified locomotive shore power connection, replacement of locomotive engines, Transport Refrigeration Unit trailers, and drayage trucks. Grant funding will cover up to 45 percent of eligible costs for vehicles and equipment, up to 60 percent for engines, up to 50 percent for drayage trucks, and up to 40 percent for locomotive shore power connections.

Visit for additional information. The net deadline to apply for this opportunity is April 14, 2023. This Call for Projects will remain open for aplications until all funds have been exhausted.

Please email with any questions.

SMARTE- Saving Money and Reducing Truck Emissions Program

NCTCOG received funding from EPA to conduct comprehensive outreach, education, and financial assistance to the trucking industry regarding programs, technologies, and operational practices which reduce emissions and increase efficiency of freight operations.  A major focus of this effort will be promotion of EPA-verified SmartWay technologies.

SMARTE Home: Saving Money and Reducing Truck Emissions (SMARTE) Program

SmartWay for Shippers: You’re in Good Company


Learn how retailers, manufacturers, and other Fortune 500 companies participate in the EPA’s SmartWay Program as a way to assess and strengthen the sustainability of goods movement in their supply chains. For more information about participating in EPA’s SmartWay program, go to or

SmartWay Upgrade Kit Demonstration Project

NCTCOG conducted an in-use demonstration project to evaluate the impact of SmartWay technologies in increasing fuel economy and reducing emissions among Class 8 heavy-duty trucks. 

Overall, the results of the demonstration project support the finding that the use of SmartWay technologies, particularly when used as a kit, is an effective tool for improving fuel economy and reducing emissions among Class 8 heavy-duty trucks.

Final Report: Study and Analysis of Fuel Consumption and Emissions Reductions for Heavy-Duty Diesel Trucks

Staff Contacts: Huong Duong, Jason Brown

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