Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Program

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) intends to submit a proposal for the Vocational sub-program of the EPA Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Program on behalf of the region. $60 million is the maximum amount of funding that can be requested in an individual application. If awarded, NCTCOG will fund replacement of existing non-zero-emission (gasoline, diesel, propane, and natural gas) Class 6 & 7 vocational vehicles with zero-emission vehicles (hydrogen or battery-electric). 

NCTCOG held a meeting on Monday, June 10, 2024 to discuss this opportunity with stakeholders in the region. The recording and presentation can be found here.

Requirements of replacement vehicle and new vehicle are below:

Replacement Vocational VehicleNew Vocational Vehicle
  • Non-zero-emission vehicle with Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 19,501 to 33,000 lbs
  • Must have operated > 7,000 miles/year or idled for at least 500 hours/year during the prior 24 months
  • 2023 or newer Class 6/7 hydrogen fuel cell or battery-electric vehicle
  • Purchased after notification of EPA award
  • Subject to Build America, Buy America

Other eligible activities could include electric vehicle charging infrastructure and hydrogen refueling stations for the zero-emission vehicles and workforce development activities. 

About the Program

Authorized by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles (CHDV) Grant Program has made $932 million available to reduce vehicle and equipment emissions through the replacement of non-zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles with zero-emission vehicles. The CHDV Grant Program has two sub-programs, the School Bus sub-program and the Vocational Vehicles sub-program (includes vehicles used for a vocation, such as refuse trucks, utility vehicles, transit vehicles, etc.).

Proposed NCTCOG Application for CHDV Funding

Eligible Projects: Any battery-electric or hydrogen fuel cell vocational vehicle and infrastructure that operates within or frequently travels through the NCTCOG service area. Public and private entities are eligible, but all applicants will be required to adopt a policy consistent with the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) Clean Fleet Policy or similar policy prior to receiving the rebate. NCTCOG may also fund workforce development projects.  

Priority Project Locations: NCTCOG proposes to, at a minimum, prioritize applicants who have operations within the 10-county ozone nonattainment area (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise counties). 

Projection Selection: NCTCOG proposes to select applicants through a Call for Projects or other selection process upon EPA award. 

Funding Level: NCTCOG proposes to allow applicants to request the maximum federal share allowed by EPA. See table below for maximum amounts.

Funding Levels for Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicle Replacement
Vehicle TypeBattery-Electric VehiclesHydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles
EPA Cost Share Percentage of New Vehicle PricePer-Vehicle Funding Cap (Vehicle + Infrastructure)EPA Cost Share Percentage of New Vehicle PricePer Vehicle Funding Cap (Vehicle + Infrastructure)
Straight/Box Truck65%$190,00080%$400,000
Step Van$160,000$340,000
Septic or Bucket Truck$330,000$670,000
Other Vocational Vehicle$355,000$720,000
Refuse Hauler50%$260,00070%$600,000
Street Sweeper$315,000$720,000
Transit Bus33%$265,00060%$780,000

For more information on the program, visit Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program | US EPA.