Volkswagen Settlement

North Carolina's Mitigation Plan

Governor Roy Cooper has designated the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to manage North Carolina’s share of the VW Settlement, an agreement between the German automaker and the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). North Carolina’s beneficiary mitigation plan is structured in three phases, so DEQ can seek additional input and make changes as needed along the way. This plan addresses Phase 1 (2018 - 2020) only. DEQ plans to invest 33% of the overall funds ($30.68 million) during this period.

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Phase 1 Awards Announced July 29, 2020

The competitive application process resulted in 116 proposals for two grant programs: the Diesel Bus and Vehicle Program and the ZEV Infrastructure Program. The awards include:
  • $12.2 million for school bus replacements
  • $6.1 million for transit bus replacements
  • $4.2 million for on-road heavy duty equipment, including refuse haulers, dump trucks and debris trucks
  • $1.8 million for off-road equipment (ferry repower projects) 
  • $3.4 million for ZEV DC Fast Charge stations

Diesel Bus and Vehicle Program Awards 

DC Fast Charge Awards

Phase 2 timeline for the next rounds of applications to be announced. To be notified for future Phase 2 announcements, please send an email with "Subscribe" in the subject line to daq.nc_vwgrants@ncdenr.gov.

Urban and Rural NOx Reductions

Maps