Volkswagen Update: July 2019

Forty-eight states have published final mitigations plans with only Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Dakota left to publish theirs for public consumption. Of those with final plans approved, 27 states have opened and / or closed their first round of RFPs. This includes competitive funding programs (e.g., almost all states) and direct allocations (e.g., Georgia) and represents almost $100 million of opportunity across the country. Much of the funding announced to date includes smaller states with limited funding, so expect Fall 2019 to see considerable increases in both the number and amount of funding programs available.

For those who didn’t see the announcement last month, the Propane Education & Research Council has created a new resource center with in-depth information about propane school buses. It includes a curated state-by-state map with details regarding how to identify and apply for Volkswagen settlement funds.

With the resources provided in PERC’s Volkswagen Trust Resource Center, you can learn more about the benefits of propane autogas, how to accurately evaluate NOx reductions, and how to calculate the total cost savings for propane autogas.

The resource center also includes an interactive map where you can research your state mitigation plan, identify potential funding opportunities and learn how to apply for VW settlement funds. Many states have finalized their mitigation plans and are actively accepting funding applications for new school buses that could be powered by propane.

Because we still have some states with huge funding opportunities available in 2019, we need your help. Remember, the entire objective of the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust fund is to reduce harmful NOx emissions. Let’s work together to create a strategy that meets your state criteria. Our highest applicant success rate has been when we focused on NOx reductions, emissions cost-effectiveness, match funding and project location.

Please contact Chelsea Jenkins at Chelsea.Jenkins@roush.com to discuss how best to approach and plan for the next phase of Volkswagen settlement (and other funding) opportunities in your state.

Visit www.ROUSHcleantech.com/volkswagen-settlement for more information.