The plan sets out the state’s strategy for distributing more than $209 million received in settlement of claims relating to emissions control defeat devices on Volkswagen’s light-duty diesel vehicles. The plan identifies seven Priority Areas to receive the bulk of the funding. These Priority Areas are areas monitoring ozone concentrations near or above the National Ambient Air Quality Standard. Future grants could be awarded on a first come basis or competitively.
Priority Area funding will be allocated as follows:
- 33 percent of the total funds are allocated to the seven Priority Areas based on the relative percentage of affected VW vehicles registered in those areas.
- 15 percent of the total funds are allocated equally among the state’s three ozone non-attainment areas.
- 33 percent of the total funds are allocated among the Priority Areas based on a strategic assessment of where the funding is more likely to make a difference in the near term in achieving or maintaining attainment with the federal standard for ozone.
- 15 percent of the total funds for statewide installation of charging stations for electric vehicles and fueling stations for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
- 4 percent to administer the program.
The plan includes funding for the following types of vehicles/equipment:
- Class 4 – 7 local freight trucks
- Class 8 local freight trucks and port drayage trucks
- School buses
- Transit and shuttle buses
- Electric Forklifts and port cargo handling equipment
- Electric Ground service equipment
- Ocean going vessel shore power
- Light duty electric vehicle infrastructure
Funding Opportunity for Refuse Trucks
This round includes funding for projects that replace or repower refuse vehicles (garbage trucks, roll-off trucks, dump trucks, sweeper trucks, chipper trucks, and grapple trucks). An eligible refuse vehicle must:
- have a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,001 lbs.;
- be powered by a diesel engine of model year 1992-2009; and
- be configured to collect and transport municipal solid waste.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2020, or until all funds have been awarded. Copies of the request for grant applications, maximum funding amount tables, and application forms are available at: www.TexasVWFund.org. Contact TxVEMP staff toll-free at 833-215-8989 with questions regarding the grant application process.
Funding Opportunity Freight Vehicles
No deadline has been set and no documents have been released at this point. TCEQ has scheduled a series of workshops throughout the state to provide information on the opportunity and will hold a webinar on January 22, 2020. We have been told no documents will be available online until the opportunity officially opens.
January 22, 2020, 2:00 p.m. Webinar
TxVEMP Webinar: RSVP to VWsettle@tceq.texas.gov; Meeting link will be sent to participants via email on the day of the webinar.