On July 29th, the NC DEQ announced the Phase 1 Awards of North Carolina's beneficiary mitigation plan from the VW Settlement. The plan involves investing in five different programs with an overall goal of reducing harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions significantly across the state. The five programs include the school bus replacement, transit bus replacement, clean heavy-duty-on-road equipment, clean heavy-duty off-road equipment, and the Zero Emission Vehicle infrastructure programs.
Centralina is pleased to see eight (8) of our nine (9) counties awarded funding for new, lower-polluting vehicles during Phase 1. Between Lincoln, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Iredell, Rowan, Cabarrus, Union, and Anson counties, a total of 43 new vehicles will be funded, including six (6) new electric school and transit buses. These new vehicles will reduce NOx emissions by approximately 7.8 annual tons throughout the lifetimes of the vehicles in the greater Charlotte region.
Centralina staff co-hosted regional workshops for preparation and assisted in applications to garner up to a total of $6,5141,633 in awarded funds. Additionally, four (4) of our counties were awarded a total of six (6) electric vehicle chargers from the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program which awarded a total of roughly $403,261.