Energize Delaware’s latest program is focused on helping Delaware’s towns, cities, and county governments get easier access to electric powered vehicles (EVs). The nonprofit has allocated five million dollars in fiscal 2022-2023 for the program. The Grant for Local Government EV Fleets application can be submitted starting October 15, 2022. All local governments in Delaware may apply for the grant.
Grants are available for up to $500,000 and can be used for feasibility studies, motorcycles, cars, trucks, vans, electric riding lawn equipment, charging stations, utility upgrades, installation, and special training for use of new EV equipment.
Energize Delaware will accept one grant per applicant unless they start with a feasibility study. If so, they can apply for a second grant for fleet charging stations and vehicles. Grants are awarded to those meeting specific criteria and application requirements found in the application.
Tony DePrima, Executive Director of Energize Delaware mentions, “We created this program so that local government could be at the forefront of electrifying their fleets and setting an example for the communities they serve.”
The reason for the EV push is the estimated release of carbon dioxide (C02) per gallon of a fossil-fueled vehicle is 19.59 pounds. According to the EPA, roughly 4.6 metric tons of C02 is emitted each year from a typical passenger vehicle. EVs generate zero pounds of C02 thus making our air cleaner.
Local governments interested in applying for a grant, can download an application on the Energize Delaware website https://www.energizedelaware.org/ev-fleets/. For additional information call 302-883-3048.