Volkswagen Update: October 2019
To date, states have announced over $205 million in Volkswagen Settlement awards. These funds have deployed nearly 2,400 on-road vehicles and installation of almost 700 pieces of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. School bus projects have received the highest amount of funding by vehicle type ($89 million) as well as deployments (1,600 buses). Of those, 570 school buses are fueled by propane and were awarded nearly $26 million.
Remember, that’s only a fraction of the $2.9 billion fund that has been awarded. There is still a tremendous amount of opportunity out there.
Of the 570 propane buses, results are divided among 13 states. Those successes include Lafayette, Louisiana and various districts in Nebraska and South Carolina. In Iowa, 100 percent of the applications seeking propane school buses were funded. And in Tennessee, 14 districts won funding to replace diesel school buses with alternatively fueled buses.
Another example that shows how our effectiveness has increased is that the first round in Louisiana was 40 percent propane / 60 percent diesel. The second round took a huge turn with 70 percent propane / 30 percent diesel.
If you need additional information, the Propane Education & Research Council’s resource center offers in-depth information about propane school buses. It includes a state-by-state map with details regarding how to identify and apply for Volkswagen settlement funds. 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.
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.