The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has released its third solicitation for projects under the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Settlement EMT). The purpose of the trust is to execute environmental mitigation projects that reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx).

Funding Information for this Round

Under this solicitation, $6,177,588.45 in EMT funding is available for eligible Class 4-7 (medium-duty) truck projects and $4,118,392.30 in EMT funding is available for eligible Class 8 (heavy-duty) truck projects.

Entities may apply for funds for Medium Truck projects, Large Truck projects, or both Medium and Large Truck projects within the same application. 

The Grant Programs, managed by the TDEC Office of Energy Programs, will provide financial assistance to public, non-profit, and private fleets in Tennessee that apply to replace Eligible Medium and Large Trucks with new diesel, Alternate Fueled or All-Electric trucks. Additionally, fleets may also apply to Repower Eligible Medium and Large Trucks with new diesel, Alternate Fueled or All-Electric engines or drivetrains.

Medium and Large Trucks eligible for replacement or Repower include 1992–2009 engine model-year Class 4-7 Local Freight Trucks used to deliver cargo and freight and Class 8 Local Freight Trucks and Port Drayage Trucks used for port drayage and/or freight/cargo delivery.

“Cargo and Freight” shall mean goods transported in bulk; raw materials, feedstocks, and other commodities; heating and transportation fuels; construction materials; residential, commercial, and industrial waste; residential, commercial, and industrial goods transported via established moving services; mail and other packages; equipment that enables emergency response and other public services; and any other items that must be transported via truck to support commerce and safety. 

“Local” shall refer to vehicles that operate in Tennessee counties for 70% or more of the time.

For selected, eligible Medium and Large Truck projects, the program will provide:

  • Up to 25% of the cost of a Repower or replacement for Non-Government Owned projects
  • Up to 50% of the cost of a Repower or replacement for Government-Owned projects
  • Up to 75% of the cost of a Repower or replacement for Government-Owned projects that will operate 70% or more of the time in areas that do not meet certain air quality standards
  • Up to 75% of the cost of a Repower or replacement for Government-Owned projects that will operate 70% or more of the time in Distressed Counties.
  • For All-Electric projects, up to 25% of the acquisition and installation costs for associated charging infrastructure (All-Electric infrastructure costs) for NonGovernment Owned projects and up to 50% of the All-Electric infrastructure costs for Government-Owned projects

Application

Eligible applicants are limited to one application each. Applications may include a variety of vehicle and/or fuel types. All terms and conditions of the program, including the maximum number of replacements or Repowers and associated funding caps, are outlined in an application manual.

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted electronically by 4 p.m. CT on October 30, 2020.

Webinar – Mandatory

TDEC will host an associated application workshop via webinar at 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Central on September 10, 2020.

TDEC will host an associated application workshop via webinar from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM CT on September 10, 2020. 

Applicants will be required to attend the virtual application workshop prior to application submission, either by participating in the initial webinar session or by watching the recorded session. 

The application workshop will provide guidance on the application process and program terms and conditions, including project eligibility, timelines for implementation, and reporting requirements.

More Information