The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality recently released the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Public Access Level 2 Charging Infrastructure Program rebates under Phase 2 of the Volkswagen Mitigation plan. The RFP details how to apply for the $1,070,877 available to fund the installations of new publicly-accessible light-duty zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) Level 2 charging stations.
Rebates will be awarded to enhance and extend the current ZEV infrastructure network in North Carolina to increase the use of clean ZEVs and improve air quality by significantly reducing emissions of NOx and greenhouse gases.
Eligible applicants include:
- Local, federal and tribal governments;
- Nonprofits and businesses incorporated in North Carolina;
- Metropolitan or rural planning organizations; and
- Air quality or transportation organizations.
Rebates up to a maximum of $5,000 are available to government applicants and up to $4,000 to non-government applicants for each new charging port installed. Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying applicants until all funds are exhausted.
Applicants are encouraged to register for access to the Grants Management System prior to May 2. Specific instructions on how to register for the Grant Management System and submit an application are detailed in the RFP. After the application opens in the Grants Management System, DAQ will accept applications for the Public Access Level 2 ZEV Charging Infrastructure Program until funds are exhausted.
Phase 2 of the VW Mitigation Plan covers the remaining $68 million of the state’s share of a national settlement with the automaker. DEQ is allocating the full 15% ($10,198,826) allowed in the VW State Trust Agreement for ZEV charging infrastructure projects under Phase 2. Additional settlement funds will support the replacement of diesel vehicles with newer, cleaner alternatives.