An employer of nearly 3,000 people, Powerberg has ample opportunity to electrify its public fleet with the new funding streams available. Powerberg’s light-duty fleet takes city employees to monitor traffic while its heavy-duty vehicles assist city employees in transporting equipment to and from parks. To best take advantage of federal funds, Powerberg can:
- Apply for Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funds to cover the cost of medium- or heavy-duty electric vehicles (EVs) and electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE). DERA guidance notes that multiple fleets can be combined to reach minimums if required.
- Apply for funding under the Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle Program to replace Class 6 and 7 vehicles with EVs.
- While National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Alternative Fuel Corridors might not naturally align with city limits, city governments are a target audience for the $2.5 billion discretionary grant program. Cities should work with state agencies to determine the next best locations for the build-out of the public EV charging stations, not just along highways, but also for locations where redundancy of stations is needed. Or cities could apply alone for funding through the community grant portion of the program, as 50% of the funding is purposed for local and community grants.
- Utilize the Commercial Clean Vehicle tax credit (45W) to replace vehicles within the fleet. The credit allows tax-exempt entities to utilize the credit via a direct pay option.
Please note that the case study above is imaginary and that funding pathways will be updated by the EC monthly. Results are comprehensive but may not be reflective of imminent program changes. EV Funding Finder users should also be sure to inquire about state-specific incentives that could further support projects. For additional information on deadlines and RFPs, check out the Climate Program Portal.