Clean Heavy-Duty Equipment and Vehicle Program

Clean Heavy-Duty Equipment and Vehicle Program

DAQ announced the grant awardees on Nov. 9, 2022. The 11 funded clean heavy-duty equipment and vehicle replacement projects included 43 on-road and off-road diesel vehicles, including bucket trucks, refuse haulers, dump trucks, box trucks, front loaders, semi-trucks, freight trucks and freight switchers and all together will reduce more than 113 tons of NOx emissions over their lifetimes.

View award list

In Phase 2 of the program, $12.9 million in Volkswagen funds were allocated to the Clean Heavy-Duty Equipment and Vehicle Program to assist interested parties to mitigate NOx emissions by replacing older diesel transit and shuttle buses. 


NC VW Phase 2 Clean Heavy-Duty Equipment and Vehicle Program Summary


Eligible Action Category

Eligible Fuel*

Program Funding Amount**

Clean Heavy-Duty Equipment and Vehicle Program

Class 4-8 local freight trucks, switcher locomotives, ferries, tugs, forklifts, port cargo handling equipment, ocean-going vessel shore power, airport ground support equipment

All (diesel, propane, natural gas, electric)


*Electrification projects are a priority in Phase 2.
**Infrastructure cost will be funded at a maximum amount of $75,000 per all-electric vehicle or piece of equipment.

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Clean Heavy-Duty Equipment and Vehicle Program Timeline
Activity Date
Release of RFP May 16, 2022
Application open in NCDAQ Grants Management System May 16, 2022
NCDAQ Grants Management System new users webinar May 23, 2022
Program RFP information session June 7, 2022
Information sessions will be online and registration is required. Dates and times will be posted on our website,
Deadline to request access to the DAQ Grants Management System to guarantee access before application deadline  August 1, 2022
Proposal application must be submitted in NCDAQ Grants Management System August 15, 2022
Proposal application evaluations August - September 2022
Phase 2 project selections October 2022
Grant awards announced November 9, 2022


Phase 2 funding focused on public sector needs.  Eligible projects were submitted by:

  • Local, state and tribal government organizations,
  • Public or private nonprofit organizations, and
  • Public/private partnerships where the lead applicant represents a public sector or a public or private non-profit. 

For full details, read the Request for Proposal.

Documents and Workshops

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Before you submit your application, check your eligibility in the RFP

Download the Spreadsheet

When the spreadsheet opens in your browser, download and save to your computer using the name format: YourOrganization_ProjectTitle_VWDiesel_Application.

Download Required Attachments Checklist

This checklist includes all the required attachments for applications.

Helpful Documents

Application Checklist

Additional Resources

Send Questions to DAQ VW Grants

A sample application from data entered into the DAQ Grants Management System and Vehicle spreadsheet are provided below.

Example Diesel Application

Example Diesel Application Spreadsheet

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June 7, 2022

NC Phase 2 Clean Heavy Duty Equipment and Vehicle Program

View the recording of the Clean Heavy-Duty Equipment and Vehicle Program webinar held on June 7, 2022.

Download the Clean Heavy-Duty Equipment and Vehicle Program presentation (PowerPoint).

View Questions and Answers from the June 7, 2022 webinar.