HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is announcing the first statewide funding opportunity for electric vehicle charging stations.
The new Charge Your Ride Montana Program is funded by the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation State Trust Agreement that stemmed from a legal settlement in 2016 over the use of devices intended to defeat emissions tests. The goal of Charge Your Ride Montana is to improve air quality and to help support electric vehicle adoption in Montana.
“By investing the settlement money into electric vehicle charging stations, the state hopes to turn the harm caused by VW into a positive, and further facilitate the conversion to a cleaner transportation sector,” DEQ Director Shaun McGrath said. “Having more charging stations across the state will make traveling by electric vehicle more attractive, leading to improved air quality over time.”
Total funding of $300,000 is available between September 2019 and August 2020 for stations that can charge electric vehicles in about four hours – known as Level 2 charging stations. Maximum award per dual port charging station is $8,500 and matching funds from applicants are required.
Possible locations include retail businesses, workplaces, tourist destinations, multi-unit housing projects, and other locations where vehicles are typically parked for longer periods of time. Eligible applicants include any government entities, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses in Montana. DEQ will review applications on a rolling deadline schedule.
The first deadline for applications is October 4, 2019.
For more information, contact Kyla Maki at 406-444-6478 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org The Request for Applications and the Application form, can be found at the DEQ Montana Energy Office website: http://deq.mt.gov/Energy/transportation/VW-Settlement-Page