Truck gas stations, which offer gas to consumers at lower prices than conventional retailers, are a new target for the U.S. Department of Energy.
In its annual budget request to Congress, the department said it wants to loan a total of $600,000 to the industry.
“The funding for this loan is to be used to finance the construction of trucks in order to support the expansion of trucking operations across the country,” the request states.
The trucking industry has faced a major crisis in recent years as the federal government subsidizes most fuel-efficient vehicles and reduces fuel-efficiency standards for new trucks.
The industry, which is estimated to generate more than $40 billion in revenue each year, has also struggled to expand to meet the new standards.
A growing number of truck gas stations have opened since 2014, with the industry seeing a boost in business in recent months.
The loan request does not say how much of the money will be used for trucking.
In a statement, the company said it is seeking funding for truck-related construction as part of a broader plan to “support the expansion and growth of the industry in the United States.”
The federal government has not yet released a specific timeline for when the funding would be applied.
“We expect to apply for the loan as soon as the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is satisfied with the design and construction of the facility,” the statement said.
The federal funding will be provided in four phases, the first phase will cover the first truck in the new facility, and the second phase will provide additional funding for the project.
The funding will also be available to pay for the “preliminary construction costs,” which are estimated at $3.7 million, according to the department.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.