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Volkswagen Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Fund

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the potential opportunities provided under the Volkswagen Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Fund to bring forward the next generation of zero emission vehicle technologies into the Pennsylvania transportation marketplace to benefit Pennsylvanian's citizens. Volkswagen will be investing $2.0 billion over the next 10 years in ZEV infrastructure and awareness pursuant to Appendix C of the Partial Consent Decree entered into by Volkswagen and approved by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on October 25, 2016. Under the Partial Consent Decree, Volkswagen will spend $800 million on ZEV Investments in California and the remaining $1.2 billion on ZEV investments in all other areas in the United States.

Of the $1.2 billion allocated to other areas of the United States, including Pennsylvania, Volkswagen (DBA, Electrify America) will spend $300 million through four 30-month investment cycles, unless otherwise approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Citizens, businesses, state and local governments, and others in Pennsylvania could benefit by planning ZEV infrastructure projects and providing public comments to Electrify America on the $1.2 billion ZEV Investment Commitment, which will serve to build a nationwide network of workplace, community, and highway vehicle charging infrastructure that is convenient and reliable while contributing to a reduction in NOx emissions from vehicles. Additional information relating to the Partial Consent Decree can be found here.

VW’s National ZEV Investment Plan has been approved by the EPA. The public version can be viewed here.

CYCLE 2 ZEV INVESTMENT PLANS

Electrify America is now taking comments for Cycle 2 ZEV Investment Plans for the 2nd 30-month investment period (July 2019 to December 2021). Electrify America is looking for specific comments on (but not limited to) the following categories:

Suggestions and Data Relevant to Cycle 2 Investments -

  • Data for helping locate stations (traffic & commuting data, demographic changes)
  • Current/expected ZEV infrastructure plans or strategies for your community
  • Information regarding state and local policies that are designed to increase ZEV adoption, that are indicative of the level of public support for ZEV adoption in a specific community or geographic area
  • Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) data and/or adoption perspectives, especially with regard to medium and heavy duty vehicles

Education & Access Suggestions -

  • Education activities that communicate the benefits of ZEVs and address barriers to adoption
  • Access activities that increase the public’s awareness of and access to ZEVs and allow them to experience ZEVs without having to purchase a vehicle

Specific Site Locations - Specific site locations you would like to nominate for consideration in Cycle 2 infrastructure investments

Cycle 1 Comments and Feedback - Specific feedback on Cycle 1 ZEV Investment Plans, including approaches to metro selection, highways included, evaluation of use cases, and integration of new technology

How To Get Involved

Submit Your Project:

  1. Directly through the Volkswagen ZEV website; or
  2. By contacting the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) at RA-EPPA-ZEVplans@pa.gov or 717.783.8411 to explain your proposed plans and projects. DEP will then provide further direction. Benefits of submitting your project through DEP include adding value to your project by having DEP review, comment, offer support, and suggest partners and other opportunities that may enhance the chances of being considered for ZEV funding. DEP will review projects for quality assurance and may provide a letter of support.

DEP is particularly interested in promoting partnerships and projects that involve collaborations across states and regions. DEP envisions these projects as promoting critical infrastructure along transportation corridors connecting states and regions.

Should your project not be selected by Volkswagen to receive support from the ZEV Fund, DEP may be able to assist you by identifying other potential funding sources that could be used to deploy all or a portion of your project.

What is a ZEV?

Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs): Any on-road passenger car or light-duty vehicle, light-duty truck, medium-duty vehicle, or heavy-duty vehicle that produces zero exhaust emissions of all of the following pollutants: non-methane organic gases, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, carbon dioxide, methane, formaldehyde, oxides of nitrogen, and nitrous oxide. This includes but is not limited to battery electric vehicles ("BEV"); fuel cell vehicles; on-road plug-in hybrid electric vehicles ("PHEV") with zero emission range greater than 35 miles (as measured on the federal Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule ("UDDS") in the case of passenger cars, light-duty vehicles and light-duty trucks, and 10 miles as measured on the federal UDDS in the case of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles), and on-road heavy-duty vehicles with an electric power take off.

ZEVs do not include: zero emission off-road equipment and vehicles; zero emission light rail; additions to transit bus fleets utilizing existing catenary electric power; or any vehicle not capable of being licensed for use on public roads.

See electrifyamerica.com for more information about Volkswagen's ZEV Fund.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

For additional information on financial support available through the Volkswagen ZEV Fund, please see the EPA FAQ document.

Contact DEP

If you have questions or comments, please contact: RA-EPPA-ZEVplans@pa.gov or 717.783.8411.

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