In a highly publicized court case, automaker Volkswagen admitted it knowingly incorporated cheating computer systems that run emissions controls during testing, but do not run during normal vehicle operation, and agreed to a $14.7 billion settlement, of which $1.2 billion was set aside for investment in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) projects nationally over a ten year period. Millions of dollars are being given to each U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and federally recognized tribes to put toward clean transportation programs.
Each state can design its own unique program within certain parameters. Eligible mitigation actions include replacing or repowering eligible large trucks, buses, freight switchers, ferries/tugs, medium trucks and other vehicles with new diesel or alternative fuel engines, or all-electric engines. Beneficiaries may also use up to 15 percent of their allocation of trust funds on acquiring, installing, operating and maintaining new light duty zero emission vehicle supply equipment.
Grant Management Associates can assist you in identifying potential funding opportunities and the application process.