VW Settlement Phase 1-Level 2 Charge Program

Update for November 10, 2021:
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Division of Air Quality (DAQ) has awarded 77 rebates for Level 2 charging projects to be funded by the NC Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement Program for Phase 1.  DEQ has awarded $1,143,534.00 in Level 2 rebates for seventy-seven projects from the $1.15 million available for the program.

VW Settlement Phase 1 Level 2 Charge Rebate Program

Approximately $1.15 million was available in Phase 1 for the Light Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Level 2 Charging Infrastructure Rebate Program. This program was designed to expand the state's light duty ZEV charging infrastructure network.

Level 2 Charge Rebate Program Timeline

Release of RFP

November 17, 2020
RFP webinar for applicants December 11, 2020

RFP Revision

January 7, 2021
Q&A webinar for applicants January 13, 2021
Application open in Grants Management System January 25, 2021
Rebate recipients announced As awarded in 2021
Claims webinar for awardees March 9, 2021
Final Rebates awarded May 7, 2021


Second Applicant Question and Answer Webinar


A second webinar was held on January 13, 2021, for interested stakeholders and applicants. During this webinar, staff answered additional questions regarding the Request for Proposals and the application. A recording of the webinar can be found on the Application Workshop Documents tab below.

Claims Webinar

A claims webinar was held on March 9, 2021, to provide information on documents required for claims submittals in the À Grants Management System (GMS) and details on how to complete a claim request in GMS once Level 2 charging infrastructure projects are completed. A recording of the webinar can be found on the Claims Workshop Documents tab below.

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*Please Note*


Organizations that own or operate an eligible location applied for Level 2 ZEV Charging Rebate Program. Eligible applicants included:

  • Incorporated nonprofits
  • Public school districts
  • Municipal governments and municipal authorities
  • NC State government agencies
  • Tribal government agencies
  • Metropolitan or rural planning organizations located in North Carolina
  • Businesses – corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, limited liability companies, business trusts or other legal business entities incorporated in or registered with the NC Department of the Secretary of State
  • Air quality or transportation organizations
  • Multi-Unit Dwellings (MUD) - must serve site with ten or more dwelling units
  • Workplaces - must serve sites with at least five or more year-round and full-time employees; must not be limited to fleet vehicles unless employee and visitor charging is also available on site
  • Federal Government Agencies – Federal agencies that have custody, control, or management of land within or contiguous to the territorial boundaries of North Carolina.

Complete details on application eligibility can be found in the Request for Proposals documentation.

Program Details:

This was a first-come, first-served rebate program and was open until all funds were exhausted. An application were submitted to NCDEQ and approved for a rebate voucher prior to purchase and installation of the Phase 1 Level 2 charging equipment to qualify. Rebate voucher recipients must provide their own funding to cover expenses as they are incurred and submit proof that the project invoices have been paid, proof of project work completion, and other additional required documentation to NCDEQ. Rebate redemption requests for unpaid invoices will not be approved.

Rebate Amounts:

The NC Phase 1 Level 2 ZEV Charging Infrastructure Program rebates were available either as a maximum dollar amount or as a percentage of the total project costs, whichever is less. The table below outlines the percentage and maximum dollar amounts available by project type. The final rebate amount were determined by the maximum rebate amount multiplied by the number of charging ports, or a percent of the total actual project costs, whichever is less. NCDEQ will not issue more than $25,000 in Phase 1 Level 2 ZEV Charging Infrastructure Program rebate vouchers in total to any one applicant and/or location at any time. Rebates must be redeemed within 180-days of approval.

Project Type Accessible to General Public* Networked Maximum Rebate per Charging Port Or (whichever is less) Maximum % of Total Project Costs
Government Owned Property Yes Yes $5,000 or 100%
Government Owned Property No Yes $4,000 or 80%
Non-Government Owned Property Yes Yes $4,000 or 80%
Non-Government Owned Property No Yes $3,000 or 60%
Workplace or Multi-Unit Dwelling Yes Yes $4,000 or 80%
Workplace or Multi-Unit Dwelling No Yes $3,000 or 60%

*Public access requires a minimum of 12 hours a day of availability per week to the general public without restriction. 

Reporting Requirements

All rebate voucher recipients are required to submit EVSE usage data to NCDEQ for the previous 12 months by January 30th of each consecutive year for a five-year period after installation of the charging station(s). Annual EVSE usage reports must be submitted to NCDEQ via the DAQ Grants Management System.

Rebate applications for Phase 1 were accepted until funds are exhausted. To be notified for future Phase 2 announcements, please send an email with "Subscribe" in the subject line to daq.nc_vwgrants@ncdenr.gov.

Note: This RFP is only for Phase 1 Level 2 Charging infrastructure projects only.

Request for Proposal

Frequently Asked Questions

Documents and Workshops

Tab/Accordion Items



Review applicant eligibility and rebate amounts in the RFP

Rebate applications must be completed using the NC DAQ Grant Management System. Applications for Phase 1 is closed.

DAQ Grants Management System

Prior to using the Grant Management System to submit your rebate application, you must register with NC DAQ first. Both forms must be emailed to svc.NCVWApplication@ncdenr.gov to be processed. Please use Adobe Reader to complete the Access Authorization Form for faster processing.

NCDEQ GMS Access Authorization Form

State of North Carolina Substitute W-9 Form (IRS Form W-9 will not be accepted in lieu of this form)

All rebate applications must include a completed NCDAQ EV Level 2 Rebate Funding Calculation Form.

NCDAQ EV Level 2  Rebate Funding Calculation Form

All Workplace applicants must include a completed Workplace Certification Form.


View an example of the information requested on the Level 2 Application

Sample GMS Level 2 Rebate Application and Spreadsheet

Helpful Documents

Application checklist

Register for an NCID

Link to Additional Resources

The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) conducted two technical webinars to facilitate rebate applications for the Request for Proposals (RFP) under the VW Mitigation Plan.

Example Level 2 Rebate Application and Spreadsheet

December 11, 2020 - Level 2 Webinar Presentation

December 11, 2020 Webinar Recording



January 13, 2021 - Level 2 Webinar Presentation

January 13, 2021 Webinar Recording



The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) conducted a technical webinar to facilitate rebate reimbursement claims for the Level 2 Program rebate awardees.

March 9, 2021 - Level 2 Claims Webinar Presentation

Claims Documentation Checklist

March 9, 2021 Claims Webinar Recording