The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency finalized their spending plan for Volkswagen Settlement Funds (Beneficiary Mitigation Plan) on August 28, 2018. The finalized plan added significant funding for on-road vehicles, a change the EPA attributes to the written comments it received on the draft plan. These comments also included significant support for light duty EV charging and thus, the EPA has committed up to 10% of funds for Zero Emission Vehicle EVSE. A breakdown of funds is included in the table below.
The EPA has also issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity for its first round of funds through the Driving a Cleaner Illinois grant program. First round funds are available as follows: $19M for Public Transit projects in Priority Area 1 and $1M for All-Electric School Bus Pilot Projects in Cook County. The applications for this first round of funding are due October 15, 2018 by 5:00pm CST.
|Funding Category||Eligible Mitigation Action(s)||Allocation %|
|All-Electric School Bus Project||2||10%|
|Non-Electric School Bus Project||2||10%|
|Class 4-8 Local Freight Truck Projects||1, 6||10%|
|Off-Road Projects||3, 4, 10||28%|
|Public Transit Projects||2, 10||30%|
|Light Duty ZEV Supply Equipment Projects||9||10%|
(hat tip to Britta Gross)