The MPCA is now accepting applications from Minnesota owners of heavy-duty diesel vehicles and equipment for grant funds to help fund new, all-electric versions of these vehicles.

Applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

The approximately $6.5 million in grant funds aim to reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality and public health by removing older diesel vehicles and equipment from operation and replacing them with zero-emissions models. All equipment funded by this grant must be all-electric.

Eligible vehicles and equipment

  • Class 4-8 shuttle buses and transit buses
  • Class 8 (33,001 pounds and greater GVWR) heavy duty trucks
  • Class 4-7 (14,001-33,000 pound GVWR) medium duty trucks
  • Airport ground support equipment (Tier 0, 1, and 2 only)
  • Forklifts
  • Port cargo handling equipment
  • Freight Switchers (must be pre-tier 4 and must operate more than 1000 hours per year)

Funding Overview

The maximum award per replacement is 75% of eligible project costs, including the cost for an accompanying charging station. Grantees will be required to provide a cash match for a percentage of the equipment cost, and the old diesel engine, vehicle, or equipment must be destroyed. The money comes from Minnesota’s share of the national Volkswagen (VW) settlement.

Application Information

The request for proposals (RFP) and information to help applicants submit proposals are on the grant web page. You’ll also find details on accessing an online training designed to assist applicants, being held on Wednesday, June 29 at 1:00 p.m.

Grant awardees will need to be registered in SWIFT so please review all information carefully and sign up early!

Questions

Applicants who have any questions regarding this RFP must email questions to grants.pca@state.mn.us, subject line: “HD Electric Grant 2022 Question”, no later than 4:00 pm CT on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. Answers to questions will be posted frequently in the SWIFT Supplier Portal.

Event Recording

On June 14th, we hosted an event with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to share experiences on deploying electric medium and heavy-duty trucks and to discuss this funding opportunity, as well as the DERA Off-Road funding program. You can view the event recording here: