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Volkswagen Update: July 2018

Volkswagen Update: July 2018

To date, twenty states have finalized their Environmental Mitigation Trust plans and are moving forward with the first phase of funding programs. Seven of those states have already published open funding opportunities and are actively seeking applicants.  Seventeen states have draft plans published that we do not expect any drastic changes from current draft to final version, and fifteen states are still developing a draft for public comment.

We are getting down to the finish line for making the case for states to prioritize low NOx / alternative fuel school bus in their phase 1 funding plans. With your help, we have collectively encouraged states to set aside at least $304 million so far for school bus-only replacement programs! Our job is not over, and the most important part of this process will be to ensure our customers submit winning applications when funding becomes available.

As of July 2018:

Twenty states have final plans:

Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming

Seventeen states have draft plans:

Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, Vermont and Washington

Fifteen states are still developing their plans and are accepting comments:

Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia

Each state has been assigned a beneficiary, usually an environmental or energy government entity. A state listing can be found on the VW Settlement Clearinghouse website. If your state has drafted or is still drafting its plan, please contact Chelsea Jenkins at to discuss how best to approach your state agencies.

We don’t want to miss this opportunity to get more funding for propane school buses!

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