EV Charger Rebate Program: Steps to Take

On November 17, 2020, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Level 2 ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program under the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust. This RFP for the Level 2 ZEV Charging Infrastructure Program will assist applicants access first-come, first-served rebate funds to install ZEV Level 2 charging infrastructure, as described in the North Carolina VW Mitigation Plan, until all funds are exhausted. The primary goal is to increase use of ZEVs in place of gas-powered cars to mitigate nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and greenhouse gas emissions in the state. For additional information and documents regarding the RFP, please visit NCDEQ's VW Settlement page.
NCDEQ anticipates awarding a total of approximately $1.1 million towards Level 2 charging infrastructure projects in Phase 1. Rebate applications will be prioritized by the urban-suburban/rural split described in the NC VW Mitigation Plan, with about 68% of the funds allocated for urban and suburban counties, and a minimum of 32% allocated for rural counties.  
Don't Miss It! VW Rebate Q&A Webinar on 1/13/21

A second question and answer webinar will be held from 1pm – 2:30pm on January 13, 2021, for interested stakeholders and applicants. You may register from the link on the Level 2 Program webpage or by following this link. During this webinar, staff will answer questions regarding requesting new user access to the DAQ Grants Management System, the Request for Proposals, Level 2 application details, and required documentation.

How to Prepare to Apply

Between now and early January, interested applicants should:

  • Download and become familiar with the Rebate RFP here
  • Begin researching possible vendor partners that could help provide equipment quotes and possibly technical support for the application
  • Begin the registration process for an NCID by following the instructions here (once completed, you will receive an email with steps to activate your account)
  • Complete the DAQ Access Authorization Form.
  • Complete the State of North Carolina Substitute W-9 Form
  • Email the DAQ Access Authorization and State of North Carolina Substitute W-9 Forms to svc.NCVWApplication@ncdenr.gov with “Level 2 Program” in the subject line.