by Rayaan Aldossary Clean Cities Intern

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), has released an RFP for the ChargeOK grant program as part of the State of Oklahoma’s plan to utilize environmental mitigation trust funding from the Volkswagen Settlement related to the company’s diesel emissions cheating scandal. The state has elected to use 15% of the funds for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the state of Oklahoma. The incentive program has approximately $3.1 million in available funding for reimbursement and will reimburse up to 80% of the cost for charging station projects. The reimbursement is allotted for the purchase, installation, and operation of publicly accessible charging stations throughout the state of Oklahoma.

Deadline: March 1

The ChargeOK Oklahoma Electric Vehicle Charging Grant Program is intended to increase the use of EV’s by building a network of EV charging stations across the state of Oklahoma. Other purposes of the program are to lower range anxiety as well as reduce pollution in the state of Oklahoma. The program offers two charging categories, transportation corridors and single point locations. Transportation corridors which are split between Tier 1 and Tier 2 corridors based on range of sources, and they are direct-current fast-charging (DCFC). The single-point locations are DCFC/Level 2 zero-emission vehicle supply equipment (ZEVSE) serves as a community charging hub anywhere in Oklahoma. The deadline for ChargeOK grant program is 12 p.m., March 1, and the submission period beginning with a public notice of availability and will end 90-days later. A committee has been chosen to review and score all applications. The project period beginning with a notice to start and end 12 months later.

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