The Air Quality Division (DAQ) of the Department of Environmental Quality today issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Tier 2 Workplace Program Rebates under the Volkswagen’s mitigation plan. The RFP details how employers can apply for the $489,544 available to fund the installation of Tier 2 zero-emission light-duty vehicle (ZEV) charging stations for their employee or fleet vehicles.
Rebates will be provided to improve and expand the current ZEV infrastructure network in North Carolina to increase the use of clean ZEVs and improve air quality by significantly reducing NOx and greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse effect.
Eligible applicants include local and federal government agencies and nonprofit or private employers with at least 5 or more year-round, full-time employees or with at least one electric vehicle in their organization’s fleet. The rebates will reimburse workplaces up to 60% of the cost of installing new Level 2 chargers up to a maximum rebate of $25,000 ($3,000 per charge port). Discounts will be given on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants until all funds are exhausted.
Note: The application will open in the DAQ Grant Management System on July 25, 2022. A PDF version of the application has been made available on the program webpage for applicants to prepare all required documents for the online application .
Applicants are encouraged to register to access the grants management system by July 25. Specific instructions on how to register with the Grants Management System and submit an application are detailed in the Request for Proposals. Once the application is open in the grants management system, DAQ will accept applications for the Tier 2 Workplace Program until funds are exhausted.
The Division will host a webinar on June 20 to review the grant management system and an informational webinar on June 27 to discuss the Tier 2 Workplace Program RFP. Information regarding applications, eligibility and registration for the DAQ’s online information sessions will all be available on the Division’s website, https://deq.nc.gov/VW-Level2-Workplace-RFP.
If you have any questions about the RFP or the application process, please contact DEQ at [email protected] with the subject line: “RFP in the Workplace Level 2” before submitting your application and before the submission deadline.
The Workplace Tier 2 program is the final funding program for Phase 2 of VW’s mitigation plan, which covers the remaining $68 million from the state of a nationwide settlement with the Car manufacturer. 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. The schedule for all Phase 2 programs is online.