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U.S. EPA Announces Funding Opportunity to Support Transition to Electric Vehicles

Updated: Jul 8

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) anticipates awarding up to $932 million in funds under this Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant NOFO.


To address harmful emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, the U.S. EPA has announced a new program to support the replacement of Class 6 and 7 heavy-duty vehicles (which includes some transit vehicles) with zero-emission vehicles.


Funding is possible through The Inflation Reduction Act, which invests $1 billion to replace existing non-zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles with zero-emission vehicles, support zero-emission vehicle infrastructure, and to train and develop workers.


“President Biden and his entire administration are working to ensure every community can breathe clean air. EPA’s Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program will slash climate and air pollution and enhance the country’s infrastructure by funding the deployment of zero-emissions vehicles and installation of supporting infrastructure,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan.


The Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program will help advance the President’s commitment to environmental justice and the Justice40 Initiative, which sets the goal that 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments in climate, clean energy, and other areas flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized by underinvestment and overburdened by pollution, including air pollution.


Supporting this initiative, the program is designed to help applicants across the country transition to zero-emission vehicles and reduce air pollution, which will result in improved health outcomes, less noise pollution, and the creation of good-paying clean energy jobs.


To meet the needs of diverse potential recipients and encourage participation in this grant opportunity, EPA is providing two separate sub-program competitions under this single Notice of Funding Opportunity:


  • The School Bus Sub-Program for applicants replacing school buses.

  • The Vocational Vehicles Sub-Program for applicants replacing non-school bus Class 6 and 7 vehicles – including box trucks, refuse haulers, dump trucks, street sweepers, delivery trucks, bucket trucks, and utility trucks.


EPA anticipates approximately 70% of available funding will be for projects under the School Bus Sub-Program and approximately 30% of available funding will be for projects under the Vocational Vehicles Sub-Program.


To learn more about the Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program, applicant eligibility, selection process, and informational webinar dates, please visit the Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program webpage.


The deadline to apply for the 2024 Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program is Wednesday, July 25, 2024 at 11:59PM (ET).


 

In need of assistance applying to this grant program? The LeFlore Group can help!


TLG has helped countless agencies navigate the identification, application, and management side of grant funding. TLG has successfully secured millions of dollars in competitive grant funding on behalf of clients across the United States. Recently, we’ve helped clients secure funding through the Low or No Emission Vehicle Program 5339{c}, Buses and Bus Facilities Transit Program 5339{b}, and Transit And Intercity Rail Capital Program {TIRCP}. In addition to securing funding, we have managed these projects allowing our clients to experience a seamless process from start to completion. Understanding the ins and outs of quarterly reporting and coordinating project progress with funding requirements has been something that our experiences with a number of transit agencies around the nation have allowed us to master.


Feel free to contact Rudy LeFlore for more information!

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