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DC Fast Charge

Grants for Light-Duty Electric and Hydrogen Supply Equipment

A Program of the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program (TxVEMP)

No Longer Accepting Applications

TCEQ has received a sufficient number of applications to award all available funding under Solicitation No. 582-22-30556 for the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program Light-Duty Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Supply Equipment Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC) and Hydrogen Dispensing Equipment Grant Program and suspends acceptance of applications effective 12:00 p.m. Central Time, November 3, 2021.

Program Information

Reports

Contact Information

Sandra Hernandez
800-919-TERP (8377)

VWsettle@tceq.texas.gov

How to Complete Your Quarterly Report

The DC Fast Charge program requires you to submit quarterly project status reports until the grant-funded equipment is in operation. Please refer to your contract Scope of Work (SOW) for specific due dates.

Quarterly Reports may be submitted to TCEQ via electronic mail (email) at VWsettle@tceq.texas.gov or via mail to one of the addresses below.

Regular Post Delivery:
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Air Grants Division
TxVEMP, MC-204
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087

Express Delivery:
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Air Grants Division
TxVEMP, MC-204
12100 Park 35 Circle
Building F, 1st Floor, Room 1301
Austin, TX 78753

For questions on completing your Quarterly Report, please contact TxVEMP staff at VWsettle@tceq.texas.gov or 800-919-TERP (8377).

How to Apply

Review the following documents before applying:

Eligible Applicants

The applicant must:
  • be eligible to conduct business in Texas and
  • be the entity that will purchase and own the grant-funded equipment for the life of the grant.*

Entities are not eligible to apply for a grant if they intend to lease equipment or act as a third-party to purchase the equipment and then transfer ownership to another entity.

Eligible Projects

We will process properly completed applications for approval according to the requirements below.

We will prioritize projects as follows:

The application submission period will be divided into two phases based on project priority.

Phase 1: Priority Projects
  • Application period: Nov. 2, 2021, 8:00 a.m. CST through Dec. 2, 2021, 5:00 p.m. CST
  • Applications accepted for:
    • DCFC light-duty electric vehicle supply equipment and
    • hydrogen fuel cell equipment for light-duty zero emission vehicles
DCFC light-duty electric vehicle supply equipment must:
  • Be rated at a minimum of 150 kilowatts.
  • Be installed in a public place.*
  • Be located within one-half mile of an interstate, U.S. or state highway, or an emergency evacuation route.
  • Provide new DCFC or expand the number of vehicles that may be serviced at an existing site.
  • Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) recommended charge connect height of less than 48” and greater than 24”.
  • Connect to a network by wired ethernet, Wi-Fi, or cellular connection.
  • Use an Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) protocol to allow subscribers of other electric vehicle charging system networks to access the charging station.
  • Include the following connectors:
    • At least one Charge de Move (CHAdeMO) connector and one Society of Automotive Engineers Combined Charging System (SAE CCS) charging protocol connector per application.
    • If alternative connectors will be included in an application, there must be at least one CHAdeMO and/or SAE CCS charging protocol connector for each alternative connector included in the application.
Hydrogen fuel cell equipment for light-duty zero emission vehicles must:
  • Be installed in a public place.*
  • Provide new hydrogen supply services or expand the number of vehicles that may be serviced at an existing site.
  • Be installed in a location with a demonstrated demand for hydrogen supply services (e.g., fleet agreements).
  • Dispense at least 100 kilograms (kg) per day of hydrogen at a pressure of 70 megapascals (or analogous successor technologies).

*To be considered public, the equipment must be installed at a site that is accessible and available to the public, the site must be accessible to the general public for users 24-hours per day/seven days per week and have dusk to dawn lighting.

Phase 2: Other Eligible Projects
  • Application period: Dec. 3, 2021, 8:00 a.m. CST through Jan. 3, 2022, 5:00 p.m. CST
  • Applications accepted for all eligible projects if funds remain after Phase 1

Commitment to Ongoing Grant Requirements

For a period of at least five years from the final reimbursement date, grant recipients must:
  • maintain the equipment funded by this grant and
  • ensure it is operated according to the contract terms and conditions.

Applicants may request up to $150,000 for each DCFC unit installed, not to exceed $600,000 per project site. Additionally, applicants may only receive grant funds up to the allowable, maximum reimbursement rates shown in the following list. Applicants will receive the lesser of the maximum eligible grant amount (e.g., $150,000 for one DCFC unit) or their total eligible project costs multiplied by their maximum reimbursement rate (e.g., $200,000 x 70% = $140,000). Please refer to the RFGAExit the TCEQ for further information about determining eligible project costs.

Maximum Reimbursement Rates for DCFC for Light-Duty Electric Vehicles
  • If installed in a public place: 70%
  • If installed in a workplace or multi-unit dwelling: 60%
Maximum Reimbursement Rates for Hydrogen Dispensing Equipment for Light-Duty Zero Emission Vehicles
  • For equipment that dispenses at least 250 kg per day: 33%
  • For equipment that dispenses at least 100 kg per day: 25%

Example 1: Installing DCFC in a Public Place

An applicant installing one DCFC unit whose total eligible project costs are $150,000 applies for a grant.

  • The applicant is eligible to apply for up to $150,000 in grant funds for installing one DCFC unit. However, the maximum reimbursement rate for units being installed in a public place is 70% of the total, eligible project costs.
  • The applicant is only eligible to receive $105,000 in grant funds (70% of the total eligible project costs) because their total eligible project costs of $150,000 are equal to the eligible grant amount of $150,000, and they cannot receive a grant for 100% of their eligible project costs. Remember, applicants will receive the lesser of the maximum reimbursement amount (e.g., $150,000) or the total eligible project costs multiplied by the reimbursement rate (e.g., $150,000 x 70% = $105,000).

Example 2: Installing DCFC in a Multi-Unit Dwelling

An applicant installing four DCFC units whose total eligible projects costs are $1,100,000 applies for a grant.

  • The applicant is eligible to apply for up to $600,000 in grant funds for installing four DCFC units at a site (e.g., 4 units x $150,000 = $600,000). This is the maximum grant amount allowed for a single site. In addition, the applicant will need to consider the maximum reimbursement rate of 60% for installing these units at a multi-unit dwelling.
  • The applicant is eligible to receive $600,000 in this scenario. Even though the total project costs multiplied by the 60% maximum reimbursement rate for multi-unit dwelling installations is $660,000, the maximum grant amount cannot exceed the project site maximum grant amount of $600,000.

The TCEQ is committed to accessibility. If you would like to request a more accessible version of the project application, please contact the TERP program at 800-919-TERP (8377).

Properly completed applications will be processed for approval in accordance with the eligibility and priority requirements specified below. The application submission period will be divided into two phases based on priority considerations:

Phase No. 1: Priority Projects (November 2, 2021, 8:00 a.m. CST – December 2,2021, 5:00 p.m. CST)

During this phase, applications will only be accepted for projects that meet the following priority considerations:
  • DCFC light-duty electric vehicle supply equipment:
    • rated at a minimum 150 kW; and
    • installed in a public place and within a half (1/2) mile of an interstate, US, or State Highway, or an emergency evacuation route.
  • Light-duty hydrogen fuel cell vehicle supply equipment installed in a location with a demonstrated demand for hydrogen supply services (e.g. fleet agreements).

Phase No. 2: Other Eligible Projects (December 3, 2021, 8:00 a.m. CST – January 3, 2022, 5:00 p.m. CST)

During this phase, all eligible project applications may be submitted. Phase 2 is contingent on funds remaining after the completion of Phase 1.

We encourage you to submit your application via email at VWsettle@tceq.texas.gov. However, you may submit your application via standard or express mail:

Regular Post Delivery:
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Air Grants Division
TxVEMP, MC-204
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087

Express Delivery:
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Air Grants Division
TxVEMP, MC-204
12100 Park 35 Circle
Building F, 1st Floor, Room 1301
Austin, TX 78753

Questions?
Contact TxVEMP staff at VWsettle@tceq.texas.gov to discuss.