North Carolina gains e-school buses and EV charge points


In the USA, the purchase of around 160 electric school buses is being funded with $30.1 million from the Volkswagen Settlement Program for North Carolina. The funding is being managed by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

The funding that comes from Volkswagen’s payments in the wake of its diesel scandal, is aimed at replacing diesel school buses with zero-e and low-emission school buses.

According to the North Carolina office of Governor Roy Cooper, grant recipients include public schools, charter schools and a tribal school in 84 counties. Rural counties will benefit most from the funding allocation with 130 buses. Here, the focus was given to historically under-resourced counties. The DEQ has published a full list of grant recipients.

The DEQ has also granted more than $1 million in Volkswagen Settlement funds to state agencies to install Level 2 zero-emission vehicle charging infrastructure. This will enable the installation of 103 charging ports at 25 sites, including state parks, museums, aquariums, government office buildings, universities, and community colleges.

According to the Governor’s office, the program will ensure that 22 of these chargers will serve historically under-resourced counties, while thirteen chargers will serve state agency fleet vehicles, while the remainder will be available for use by the general public. Applications for the Level 2 chargers (AC chargers) will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis “until funds are exhausted.”


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