Learn about Transit EV and EVSE Funding Opportunities

June 16, 2021

Want to learn about all current transit EV funding opportunities? The chart below is a list of transit plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and Electric Vehicles Supply Equipment (EVSE) programs. You can also visit the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration funding document for a visual summary of EV and EVSE opportunities.

We expect new federal funding opportunities and updates to existing federal incentives to become available in the coming years. See the White House fact sheet, Biden Administration Advances EV Charging Infrastructure, regarding funding opportunities through U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/04/22/fact-sheet-biden-administration-advances-electric-vehicle-charging-infrastructure/):

$20 million to accelerate the adoption of commercially-available plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and supporting infrastructure through community-based public-private partnerships that demonstrate PEV technologies (for cars, buses, school buses, trucks) and infrastructure in various innovative applications and share resulting data, lessons learned and best practices with a broader audience. Projects that demonstrate the ability to accelerate clean energy jobs or provide new electric transportation solutions to under-served communities are of interest.”

Jurisdiction Program Technology URL
Virginia Making Efficient + Responsible Investments in Transit (MERIT) program Rebates for PEVs and EVSE DRPT (virginia.gov)
Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program Funding for PEVs and EVSE CMAQ – Air Quality – Environment – FHWA (dot.gov)
Federal Low or No Emission (Low-No) Vehicle Program Funding for PEVs and EVSE Low or No Emission Program (Low-No Program) – FY2021 Notice of Funding | FTA (dot.gov)
Federal National Highway Performance Program (NHFP) Funding for EVSE NHPP – Federal-aid Programs – Federal-aid Programs and Special Funding – Federal Highway Administration (dot.gov)
Federal Surface Transportation Block Grant Porgram (STBG) Funding for EVSE STBG – Federal-aid Programs – Federal-aid Programs and Special Funding – Federal Highway Administration (dot.gov)
Federal Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Funding for EVSE Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment – FAST Act Fact Sheets – FHWA | Federal Highway Administration (dot.gov)
Federal State Infrastructure Banks (SIBs) Funding for EVSE FHWA – Center for Innovative Finance Support – Project Finance – Federal Credit Assistance Tools (dot.gov)
Federal Transportation Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Funding for EVSE Program Overview | Build America (transportation.gov)
Federal Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Funding for EVSE Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants (interoperabilitygrants.info)
Federal Federal Lands and Tribal Transportation Program (FLTTP) Funding for EVSE Federal Lands Transportation Program (FLTP) | FHWA (dot.gov)
Federal Highway Infrastructure Program (HIP) Funding for EVSE Memorandum on Highway Infrastructure Programs CRRSAA Implementation Guidance (dot.gov)
Federal Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit Funding for EVSE. While a tax-exempt fleet may not claim the federal tax credit directly, the entity is selling the vehicle or infrastructure to the tax-exempt entity can claim the credit and pass the “discount” along to the fleet Alternative Fuels Data Center: Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit (energy.gov)
Attached spreadsheet was sourced from the Alternative Fuels Data Center Laws and Incentives database (https://afdc.energy.gov/laws)

The following websites identify additional transportation-related funding opportunities:

Grants.gov – http://www.grants.gov/

  • This provides information in a standardized format across federal agencies and includes a “Search Grants” feature to help applicants find potential funding opportunities.

DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Funding Opportunity Exchange –https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/ 

  • DOE makes funding available through competitive funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), published on grants.gov or the EERE Exchange. You may review frequently asked questions about a specific FOA or general guidance at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/FAQ.aspx

Clean Cities Coalition Network Funding Opportunities – https://cleancities.energy.gov/funding-opportunities/

  • Lists current financial opportunities available for Clean Cities Coalition Network projects, related financial opportunities available through other organizations and federal agencies, and previously funded Clean Cities Coalition Network projects.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Grants – https://www.epa.gov/grants

  • Provides links to resources with information on available EPA funding, instructions on how to apply and additional grant resources.

DOT Grants – https://www.transportation.gov/grants   

  • Provides information on grants for programs and projects to help build up and maintain a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system.