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Volkswagen and Diesel Funding

Idaho can potentially receive $17.3 million under the Volkswagen (VW) settlement to upgrade older vehicles and support projects that reduce air pollution. DEQ also receives federal funds through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant.

These funds are used to replace or retrofit eligible vehicles or equipment with new diesel engines, alternate fueled engines (e.g., propane, compressed natural gas), or all-electric engines that emit fewer pollutants. The funds can also support the installation of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) at sites throughout Idaho. 

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2020 Funding Summary

DEQ has completed evaluations of the 2020 Vehicle Replacement Program (VRP) applications and will be funding 29 projects under the 2020 VRP, awarding $5.3 million in VW Settlement and Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant funds that will support projects valued at $16.1 million, and replacing 75 vehicles throughout the state. 

The Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) program provides cost-shared funds for direct current fast charger equipment. ESVE stations located along highways and interstates will be prioritized to create a network of electric vehicle charging services for the public. 

Application Process

Applicants should discuss the feasibility of building an electric charging station on Idaho DCFC stations. Kathleen 76 Gas Station is located at 3840 Government Way, Coeur d’Alene,, Bonners Ferry Visitor's Center has one station. Walmart, Smelterville has four stations. Clearwater River Casino in Lewiston has two stations. Walmart in Boise has four stations. Walmart in Mountain Home has four stations. Blaine County Annex Building in Haley has one station. Stinker Station in Heyburn has four stations. Walmart in Chubbuck has four stations. Walmart in Idaho Falls has four stations.their property with their local electric utility. The following charging site attributes will be heavily considered:

  • Within 0.5 miles of major highway
  • All directional access
  • 24-hour access
  • Well-lit
  • ADA accessible
  • Cell phone coverage for major carriers
  • Point-of-sale availability at or near the pump
  • Proximity to shopping or dining
  • Potential for future expansion
  • Has worked with utility to determine capacity of existing electrical service

All potential host site owners must submit an application to the Office of Energy and Mineral Resources (OEMR):

Kieran Sprague
Idaho Office of Energy and Mineral Resources
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
Email: kieran.sprague@oer.idaho.gov

OEMR, DEQ, and the Idaho Transportation Department will review the applications and contact those chosen for cost-share funding.

Applications will be accepted until all available funds are exhausted or a site near your location has been selected.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Program application. This is an interactive and electronically fillable application; this is the preferred application for submission. Please right-click the application link and choose “Save link as.” A “Save As” window will open allowing you to save this file to a location of your choosing on your computer. 

If you have any difficulty downloading the application, please reach to reach out to Kieran Sprague at kieran.sprague@oer.idaho.gov.  Alternatively, you may download a non-interactive application.

View our EVSE – Awarded Projects Summary.

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