VW Funding for Combustion Freight and Marine Projects Available Statewide in California

July 7, 2021

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In partnership with: South Coast AQMD

California received $423 million from the Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust in 2018 to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions—a major contributor to unhealthy air quality throughout the state. A portion of these funds are going toward the Combustion Freight and Marine Projects category, administered statewide by South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) to target emissions from the goods movement freight, marine and rail sectors.

There is a total of $60 million in VW funds allocated to this category, including a first installment of $30 million. The first solicitation resulted in awards totaling about $4 million, with approximately $26 million in project funds still available. The second solicitation is now accepting applications on a first-come first-served basis and will close when all funds have been allocated.

On July 21 at 11:00 a.m. PT, South Coast AQMD is hosting a one-hour complimentary webinar to provide a funding overview.

Funding will be available for private entities and government owned fleets to replace or repower older equipment that operates in California, including Class 7 and 8 freight trucks, drayage trucks, dump trucks, waste haulers, concrete mixers, and freight switcher locomotives. Funding in the marine sector will be available only for the repower of ferries, tugboats, and towboats.

This category is intended to accelerate the replacement of older, higher polluting engines throughout the state, including areas that are disproportionately impacted by air pollution, such as freight corridors, ports, and railyards.

Complimentary Webinar for Interested Applicants

On July 21st at 11 a.m. PT, South Coast AQMD will host a one-hour complimentary webinar that will provide a comprehensive overview of the available funding, application process, and evaluation criteria to help interested participants build a competitive application.

Interested parties can register here.

Application Materials and Requirements

For more information, including an application checklist, visit: http://www.aqmd.gov/vw/.