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Maryland Volkswagen Mitigation Plan
MDE, in coordination with the Maryland Energy Administration, has developed two frameworks for proposals under this Program. The first covers the requirements for charging infrastructure located at workplaces and State facilities. The second covers the requirements for DC Fast Charging along alternative fuel corridors and at charging Hubs.
MDE will accept project proposals for the two proposed frameworks until C.O.B on March 5th, 2021.
To submit a proposal for consideration, please download and fill out this
and email it, along with the necessary attachments to
by C.O.B. on March 5, 2021
Charge Ahead Grant Program Framework.pdf
Electric Corridors Grant Program Framework.pdf
MDE's Volkswagen Mitigation Plan project proposal period is now closed. Applications are being reviewed and projects selected for funding will be notified once the process is complete. Projects selected for funding and approved by the Volkswagen Trustee are detailed at the bottom of this page.
This proposal period was not applicable for projects related to zero emission vehicle infrastructure. Applications for zero emission vehicle infrastructure will continue to be accepted past the deadline while the scope and criteria for this portion of the funding is still under development. More details on this source of funding will be available at a later date.
Maryland's Mitigation Plan is available
Project Proposal Template is available
On September 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a Notice of Violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen AG (VW), Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. alleging that model year 2009-2015 Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars equipped with 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter engines included software that circumvents EPA and CARB emissions standards for nitrogen oxides (NO
). This software is considered a "defeat device" as defined by the Clean Air Act. Approximately 550,000 vehicles in the United States had "defeat devices" installed; approximately 16,000 were delivered to Maryland.
On October 25, 2016, the U.S. District Court Northern District of California approved a Partial Consent Decree between the U.S, Justice Department, and VW regarding excess emissions of NO
due to the installation of "defeat devices" on 2.0-liter diesel engines. The use of "defeat devices" has increased vehicle emissions of NO
, resulting in adverse effects on air quality. NO
emissions contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone. More information on the consent decrees for VW may be found
The Consent Decree established an Environmental Mitigation Trust of $2.925 billion to fully remediate the excess NO
emissions from the affected 2.0 and 3.0-liter vehicles. The State of Maryland is eligible to receive over $71 million from the VW Trust for the 2.0-liter vehicles. A settlement for the affected 3.0-liter vehicles was reached on December 20, 2016, and Maryland is eligible to receive an additional $4.6 million from the VW Trust for these vehicles. The State of Maryland is eligible to receive a total of over $75.7 million from the VW Trust to use for specifically defined eligible mitigation projects. To guide the use of funds over the Trust's 10-year lifetime, Maryland has developed a Mitigation Plan that outlines the eligible projects Maryland will use to reduce excess NOx emissions.
For more information on eligible mitigation projects, please click
Maryland Mitigation Plan
Maryland's Mitigation Plan is available here:
Maryland Volkswagen Mitigation Plan.pdf
MDE accepted comments on the proposed Mitigation Plan until August 31, 2018.
Maryland held two public listening sessions to provide an overview of Maryland's Mitigation Plan as well as to field questions from citizens.
MDE accepted proposals for eligible mitigation projects through May 6th, 2019. MDE continues to review these projects for eligibility and funding potential. As projects are funded all relevant information will be added to this webpage as part of MDE's publicly available information requirements.
Maryland Volkswagen Project Proposal.pdf
Projects approved for funding by the Volkswagen Trustee:
MDE Mitigation Plan Category
Funded Project Description
Dray Truck Replacement Program
for the purchase of 15 newer, cleaner drayage trucks at the Port of Baltimore.
Alternative Fuel School Bus Grant
for the purchase of 28 new, alternative fuel school buses. The project will replace 22 old diesel school buses with new ultra-low NOx propane school buses, and replace 6 old diesel school buses with new zero-emission electric school buses.
Maryland Freedom Fleet Program (EMA-1).pdf
for the purchase of 22 new, alternative fuel heavy-duty trucks. The project will replace 20 diesel trucks with near-zero CNG heavy-duty trucks, and two heavy-duty diesel yard trucks with new zero-emission electric trucks.
Maryland Freedom Fleet Program (EMA-2).pdf
for the purchase of 3 new all-electric shuttle buses.
Maryland Freedom Fleet Program (EMA-7).pdf
for the purchase of 2 pieces of all-electric airport ground support equipment.
State Agency D-4 EMA1.pdf
for the purchase of 19 new heavy-duty diesel trucks owned by the Maryland Department of Transportation
State Agency D-4 EMA2.pdf
for the purchase of 12 new electric transit buses owned by the Maryland Department of Transportation
State Agency D-4 EMA4.pdf
for the repower of two older diesel marine vessels with new Tier 4 diesel engines
State Agency D-4 EMA8.pdf
for the purchase of five new all-electric powered forklifts and port cargo handling equipment to replace seven older diesel-powered pieces of equipment.
State Agency D-4 EMA3.pdf
to replace two diesel freight switchers built in 1952 with new near-zero Tier 4 emission standards diesel freight switchers.
MD Transit Bus Replacement Program.pdf
for the purchase of 17 new transit buses. The project will replace 8 diesel buses with zero-emission electric buses, 5 diesel buses with CNG powered buses, and replace 8 diesel buses with 6 new, cleaner diesel buses.
MD Marine Engine Replacement.pdf
for the replacement of 5 unregulated marine engines with new Tier 3 marine engines.
MD Port Cargo Equipment Replacement Program.pdf
for the replacement of 6 diesel-powered Rubber Tire Gantry (RTG) cranes at Seagirt Marine Terminal with electric Rubber Tire Gantry cranes.
MD Class-8 Replacement Program.pdf
for the replacement of 64 older heavy-duty diesel trucks with new, cleaner heavy-duty diesel trucks.
MD Class 4-7 Truck Replacement.pdf
for the replacement of 153 older heavy-duty diesel trucks with new, cleaner heavy-duty diesel trucks and alternative-fueled trucks. The project will replace 2 diesel trucks with new zero-emission electric trucks, 7 diesel trucks with new propane trucks, and 144 diesel trucks with new diesel trucks.
MD Class 4-7 Bus Replacement.pdf
for the replacement of 39 older heavy-duty diesel buses with new, diesel and alternative-fueled buses. The project will replace 2 diesel buses with new zero-emission electric buses and 37 diesel buses with new diesel buses.
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