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VW Program Funding Available Statewide

The Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust settlement has three funding categories open for cleaner mobile source projects. At least 50% of the funding awards from these categories will go to projects that reduce emissions in California’s disadvantaged and low-income communities. Over a 10-year period, the Trust provides $423 million for California to mitigate excess nitrogen oxide emissions caused by VW’s use of illegal emissions testing defeat devices in certain VW diesel vehicles. VW started using them in 2008, after realizing its engines could not pass pollution standards in many countries. Information about each open category is below.

  • Combustion Freight & Marine Projects:
    Approximately $10 million in statewide funding is available now to replace freight trucks (including drayage, dump, waste haulers, and concrete mixers), freight switcher locomotives, ferries, tugboats, and towboats. For more information, visit https://xappprod.aqmd.gov/vw/combustion.html.

  • VW Zero-Emission Class 8 Freight & Port Drayage Trucks:
    Approximately $9 million in funding is available statewide to support the expansion of zero-emission truck availability in the heaviest weight class that typically relies on diesel technologies. Vehicles eligible for replacement include Class 8 freight trucks (including drayage, waste haulers, dump trucks, and concrete mixers). For more information, visit https://xappprod.aqmd.gov/vw/zero-emission.html.

  • Zero-Emission Transit and Shuttle Buses:
    The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is accepting online applications for replacing older, high-polluting Class 4-8 transit and shuttle buses with new battery-electric or fuel cell buses. Limited funding is still available for projects throughout the state. For more information, visit http://vwbusmoney.valleyair.org/.

For more information, contact Sam Cao at (909) 396-2069. 

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