$35 million in VW funding now available statewide for Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Projects

We are pleased to announce the availability of $35 million statewide in Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust funding for Zero-Emission Freight and Marine (ZEF&M) projects. Funding is available for the following project categories:

  • Scrap and replace airport ground support equipment, port cargo handling equipment, and forklifts with new zero-emission technologies;

  • Scrap and repower marine engines for ferries, tugboats, and towboats with new zero-emission, all-electric or fuel-cell technologies; and

  • Install shore power at berths that serve ocean-going vessels.

To be considered for award, applications must be submitted online on the Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Projects page of the California VW Environmental Mitigation Trust website by 1 PM (Pacific Time), August 31, 2020.

This is a competitive solicitation and applications will be ranked on the potential reductions of NOx emissions of eligible projects that operate in California. At least 75 percent of the $35 million allocation is expected to benefit disadvantaged and low-income communities.

A complete listing of all eligibility and funding requirements is provided in the program guidance.

Pre-Application Webinars

Pre-application webinars will be hosted online during the solicitation period. The webinars will cover the program requirements, applicant eligibility, project eligibility, the application process, and how to use the online application system. Applicants are highly encouraged to attend at least one pre-application webinar before submitting an application.

For a list of currently scheduled webinars and registration links, please visit www.californiavwtrust.org/zero-freight-marine.

The VW Environmental Mitigation Trust

The VW Environmental Mitigation Trust is a nationwide program that provides funding for states to fully mitigate the excess NOx emissions caused by VW’s use of illegal emissions testing defeat devices in VW diesel vehicles.

For more information on the California VW Environmental Mitigation Trust, the project categories, or additional details on eligibility requirements for the Zero-Emission Freight and Marine program, visit www.californiavwtrust.org, email CaliforniaVWTrust@baaqmd.gov, or call 1-844-9VW-FUND.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is serving as administrator of the statewide funding for the ZEF&M category in partnership with the California Air Resources Board.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is the regional agency responsible for protecting air quality in the nine-county Bay Area. Connect with the Air District via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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