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 (now extended to Jan. 27, 2021), 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 Local Freight and Port Drayage Trucks
The TxVEMP is now accepting applications for projects to replace or repower local freight and port drayage trucks. Approximately $33 million in grants is available. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Any person or entity who operates an eligible local freight or port drayage truck at least 51% of the vehicle's annual mileage in one of the Priority Areas, listed here, is potentially eligible to apply for a grant: Austin Area: Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties; Beaumont-Port Arthur Area: Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange counties; Bell County: Bell County; Dallas-Fort Worth Area: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise counties; El Paso County: El Paso County; Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Area: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties; San Antonio Area: Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, and Wilson counties. Eligible Local Freight and Port Drayage Trucks: Class 4-7 local freight trucks with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) between 14,001 and 33,000 lbs. used to deliver cargo and freight; Class 8 local freight and port drayage trucks with a GVWR greater than 33,000 lbs. used for port drayage and/or freight/cargo delivery. Local freight and port drayage trucks being replaced or repowered must be of a model year 1992-2009 and may be replaced or repowered with a new vehicle or engine powered by electricity, diesel, or an alternative fuel. Additional details available here: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/agency/trust.
Presentation on this funding opportunity: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/implementation/air/terp/VW/Freight/FY20_TxVEMP_Freight_PowerPoint.pdf.
Deadline: this is first come first serve program. However, applicants may request no more than 20 vehicles in one application or multiple applications every three months.