Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust
The Volkswagen (VW) Mitigation Trust was established to fully mitigate the diesel NOx emissions caused by VW’s illegal actions. The mitigation plan for California includes a variety of grant categories available to replace diesel vehicles registered throughout the state of California.
The $360 million of project funds will be released in multiple installments. The table below shows the funds that are available for award between 2019 and 2020. Additional funding will be released in subsequent years.
*Funding amounts for second installment are not currently available.
First installment, Combustion Freight and Marine Projects, 87% remaining, 26 million dollars
First installment, Zero-Emission Transit, School, and Shuttle Buses, 3% remaining, 2 million dollars
First installment, Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Projects, 97% remaining, 34 million dollars
First installment, Zero-Emission Class 8 Freight and Port Drayage Trucks, 0% remaining, 0 million dollars
First installment, Light-Duty Zero-Emission Infrastructure, Hydrogen, 0% remaining, 0 million dollars
First installment, Light-Duty Zero-Emission Infrastructure, Electric, 100% remaining, 5 million dollars
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California's Mitigation Trust Categories
California’s Mitigation Trust funding will be offered statewide and will be allocated across the five categories listed below. The categories and allocation amounts were approved by CARB through the adoption of the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan on May 25, 2018, which was developed with public input and are based on technology availability, the market demand as demonstrated by other funding programs, and the ability of the project funding categories to fully mitigate the excess NOx caused by the subject VW diesel vehicles.
Combustion Freight and Marine Projects
This category is intended to accelerate the replacement of older, higher polluting diesel engines with the cleanest available technologies. Projects will be selected on a competitive basis based on the cost effectiveness of NOx emissions reductions. Equipment eligible for replacement include Class 7 and 8 freight trucks (including waste haulers, dump trucks, and concrete mixers) or their engines (2012 model year and older) that are compliant with current regulations; freight switcher locomotives or their engines (pre-Tier 1); and ferry, tugboat, and towboat engines (pre-Tier 3).
On June 4, 2021, the South Coast AQMD Governing Board approved the release of Program Announcement #PA2021-07. This second solicitation is available to eligible entities statewide on a first-come, first-served basis. Application submittal period will begin on June 22, 2021 at 1:00 PM PT.
$26M of $30M (87%)
Zero-Emission Transit, School, and Shuttle Buses
This category supports the early adoption of zero-emission bus technologies, which will increase economies of scale and bring down technology costs and reduce harmful exposure for the State’s most sensitive populations. Projects will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis in two installments of $65M each. The types of buses eligible for replacement include class 4 to 8 school, transit, and shuttle buses. The replacement buses must be new and use commercially available zero-emission technologies, including both battery electric and fuel cell electric.
This solicitation is open and accepting applications for transit and shuttle buses. Applications are no longer being accepted for school bus projects.
$2M of $65M (3%)
Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Projects
This category is intended to help drive wide-scale adoption of zero-emission technologies in off-road freight equipment. Eligible projects include replacing airport ground support equipment, heavy-lift forklifts, and port cargo handling equipment with new, commercially available zero-emission technologies; re-powering ferry, tugboats, or towboats with all-electric engines; and installing portside oceangoing vessel shore power systems at berths.
The next solicitation is scheduled to open on May 25, 2021
$34M of $35M (97%)
Zero-Emission Class 8 Freight and Port Drayage Trucks
This category is intended to support the expansion of zero-emission truck availability in the heaviest weight class that have typically relied on diesel technologies. Projects will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Vehicles eligible for replacement include Class 8 freight trucks (including waste haulers, dump trucks, and concrete mixers) or their engines (2012 model year and older) that are compliant with current regulations.
This category is now closed. Funding for the next installment is anticipated to be available in 2022/2023.
$0M of $27M (0%)
Light-Duty Zero-Emission Infrastructure, Hydrogen
This category is intended to accelerate fuel cell vehicle adoption by expanding and filling gaps in California’s hydrogen fueling network. Funding is offered as co-funding to projects selected through the California Energy Commission's GFO-19-602 solicitation, which is currently closed.
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$0M of $5M (0%)
Light-Duty Zero-Emission Infrastructure, Electric
This category is intended to accelerate electric vehicle adoption by expanding and filling gaps in California’s charging network. Projects in this category will be selected on a competitive basis and will help meet the fueling needs of the growing electric vehicle fleet.
This solicitation is open until July 15th, 2021.
$5M of $5M (100%)