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Message from Gov. Cox , Utah

What Is ChargeWest TM?

ChargeWestTM is a collection of Intermountain West states which are committed to improving electric corridors across the western United States; building infrastructure on rural gateway communities, state and national parks, monuments , recreation areas and scenic by-ways. The states involved are Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

OUR MISSION: The entire Intermountain West Region will benefit from the ChargeWest TM project, which aims to support consumer education, stakeholder engagement, and rural infrastructure development of electric vehicle charging from the expansion of alternative fuel corridors.

"The ChargeWest™ project is instrumental in advancing electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the Intermountain West. We are proud to act as a supporting organization for this important effort."

– Randi Walkins
Climate Action & Sustainability
Coordinator at City of Boise

Media Coverage

Alternative Fueling Station Locator

Travel with range confidence in Idaho by finding the closest alternative fuel location

This application is best viewed on a desktop computer or in the available downloadable apple and android apps.

Maps & Apps

Useful Maps and Apps that make traveling in Idaho easier for the EV traveler

Resources & Reporting

Get access to the latest resources and EV incentives in Idaho

Vehicle Cost Calculator

This tool uses basic information about your driving habits to calculate total cost of ownership and emissions for makes and models of most vehicles, including alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Also see the cost calculator widgets.

 

Studies, Research & Tools

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Laws & Incentives

Get the latest information on Idaho’s laws and incentives towards EV’s

State, Local and Federal Incentives

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Randi Walkins – Climate Action & Sustainability
Coordinator at City of Boise
 
(rwalkins@cityofboise.org)

State Contacts & Partners

Local contacts and statewide partnerships for ChargeWestTM

Support the nation’s energy and economic security by building partnerships to advance affordable domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices.

The Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition aims to aid the Utah Clean Cities in advancing the access and use of affordable alternative fuels throughout the Intermountain West.

DOE VTO: 2022 Vehicle Tech, Office Program Wide Funding Opportunity

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks research projects to address priorities in the following areas: the cost-effective deployment of EV charging for those without easy home charging; innovative solutions to improve mobility options for underserved communities; community engagement to accelerate clean transportation options in underserved communities; batteries and electrification; materials technologies; energy-efficient commercial off-road vehicle technologies; medium/heavy duty vehicle corridor charging and advanced engine and fuel technologies to improve fuel economy and reduce GHG emissions.

Funding Opportunity Description (link)

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: DE-FOA-0002611

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USDOT: Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program

It is the first-ever program to help reconnect communities that were previously cut off from economic opportunities by transportation infrastructure. Funding supports planning grants and capital construction grants, as well as technical assistance, to restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation, or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure facilities.

Funds for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 RCP Program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that reconnect communities by removing, retrofitting, or mitigating highways or other transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity, including to mobility, access, or economic development.

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Webinar Recording Available

A recording of the July 14 webinar and a copy of the slides are available on the RCP website.

Additional upcoming webinars can be found here. 

Quick Facts

Planning Grants

Planning grants may be used to study the feasibility and impacts of removing, retrofitting, or mitigating an existing eligible facility or to conduct planning activities necessary to design a project to remove, retrofit, or mitigate an existing eligible facility.

Who is eligible to apply for planning grant funding?

  • States
  • Units of local government
  • Federally recognized Tribal governments
  • Metropolitan planning organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations

Eligible planning activities

  • Planning studies of: current traffic patterns on the eligible facility proposed for removal, retrofit, or mitigation and the surrounding street network; transportation network capacity; alternative roadway designs or other uses for the right-of-way; impacts to the mobility of freight and people; impacts to the safety of the traveling public; cost; anticipated economic impacts and environmental impacts both human and natural.
  • Public engagement activities to provide the public opportunities to provide input into a plan to remove and convert an eligible facility.
  • Other transportation planning activities required in advance of a project to remove, retrofit, or mitigate an existing eligible facility to restore community connectivity, as determined by DOT.

Technical Assistance

The Department must prioritize technical assistance to economically disadvantaged communities. The Department anticipates focusing its technical assistance on recipients that demonstrate need as underserved, overburdened, and disadvantaged communities.

Technical assistance is for building organizational or community capacity to engage in transportation planning and to identify innovative solutions to infrastructure challenges, including reconnecting communities that are bifurcated by eligible facilities or lack safe, reliable, and affordable transportation options.


Capital Construction Grants

Capital construction grants may be used for projects for which all necessary studies and other planning activities have been completed to remove, retrofit, mitigate, or to replace an existing eligible facility.

Who is eligible to apply for capital construction grant funding?

  • Facility Owner
    • The Facility Owner of the eligible facility under consideration must serve as the recipient for capital construction grants. This is likely to be a State or local government agency with jurisdiction for transportation.
    • A Facility Owner must satisfy other eligibility requirements to receive a planning grant.
  • Partnerships between the Facility Owner and the other entities listed as eligible planning grant applicants.

Eligible capital construction projects

  • Removal, retrofit, or mitigation of an existing eligible facility.
  • Replacement of an eligible facility with a new facility that restores community connectivity and is sensitive to the context of the surrounding community.

Opportunity Number: DOT-RCP-FY22-01

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DOE EERE: Fiscal Year 2022 Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide FOA

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Vehicle Technology Office, a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Fiscal Year 2022 Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide FOA”.

The RDD&D activities to be funded under this FOA will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection. Specifically, this FOA will advance RDD&D in several areas critical to achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2050, including: advancement of electric drive technologies using less rare-earth metal, reduction of weight of battery electric vehicle technologies, electrification of non-road vehicles, improvements in off-road vehicle charging, improved efficiency of engines using low-carbon fuels, and deployment of these technologies among diverse communities.

Areas of Interest include:

  • Area 1: Electric Drive System Innovations
  • Area 2: Off-Road Electric Vehicle Charging Concepts
  • Area 3: Powertrain Material for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)
  • Area 4: Multi-Functional Material and Structures Research and Development
  • Area 5a: Natural Gas engine Demonstration for Off-Rad, Rail and Marine Applications
  • Area 5b: Low GHG concepts for Off-Road Vehicles and Equipment
  • Area 5c: Advanced Opposed Piston 2-Stroke (OP2S) Hydrogen Combustion Architecture for Heavy-Duty Transportation, Including On and Off-Road, Rail and Marine Applications
  • Area 5d: Demonstration of Dimethyl Ether Medium-Duty Engine for Non-Road Applications
  • Area 6: Clean Energy Mobility Solutions for Underserved Communities
  • Area 7a: No Home Charging – Multi-Family Housing Innovative Demonstrations, Technical Assistance and Best Practices
  • Area 7b: No Home Charging – Electric Vehicle Charging for Overnight Parking
  • Area 8: Community Engagement, Outreach, Technical Assistance, and Training in Underserved Communities
  • Area 9: Community-Driven Electric Vehicle Charging Deployment in Underserved Communities
  • Area 10: Innovative Medium and Heavy-Duty EV Charging and Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Regional Plans
  • Area 11: Addressing Critical Training Needs for Transportation Decarbonization
  • Area 12: Demonstration and Deployment – Open Topic
  • Area 13: Transportation Energy Analysis

EERE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements. The estimated period of performance for each award will be approximately 27 – 39 months.

Opportunity Number: FOA No. DE-FOA-0002611

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EPA: Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

Since its inception in 1994, the Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program has awarded more than $37 million in funding to over 1500 community-based organizations, tribal governments, and Native American organizations working with communities facing environmental justice issues.

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Environmental Justice Small Grants fund projects up to $100,000, depending on the availability of funds in a given year. All projects are associated with at least one qualified environmental statute.

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Federal Alternative Fuel and Infrastructure Tax Credits

Several alternative fuel federal tax credits have been extended including tax credits for biodiesel, CNG and propane, and for fueling infrastructure for E85, biodiesel, CNG, propane and electricity, including residential. Be sure to take a look at the Alternative Fuels Data Center to see what’s changed and how you can take advantage of these updated tax credits.

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USDOE: Federal Tax Credits for All-Electric and Plug-In Hybrids

Federal Tax Credit Up to $7,500!

All-electric and plug-in hybrid cars purchased new in or after 2010 may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. The credit amount will vary based on the capacity of the battery used to power the vehicle. State and/or local incentives may also apply.

Small neighborhood electric vehicles do not qualify for this credit, but they may qualify for another credit.

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USDOT: R.O.U.T.E.S Toolkit for Rural Opportunities

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has developed this Applicant Toolkit to provide guidance as part of the Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (R.O.U.T.E.S.) Initiative to support potential applicants in identifying and navigating USDOT discretionary grant funding opportunities for rural transportation projects. In support of the initiative’s goals, this toolkit provides user-friendly information and resources to support rural applicants’ understanding of USDOT discretionary grant programs and the funding process.

The Applicant Toolkit is designed for all levels of grant applicant experience, aiming to enhance access to USDOT resources for rural transportation projects. Specifically, this toolkit illustrates key applicant activities when participating in the USDOT discretionary grants process, catalogues USDOT discretionary grant programs by applicant type and eligible project activities in a USDOT Discretionary Grant Funding Matrix, and provides resources for applicants to maximize the potential for award success.

R.O.U.T.E.S. will embark on three activities:

  1. Collecting input from stakeholders on the benefits rural projects offer for safety and economic outcomes, as well as the type and degree of assistance rural projects require;
  2. Providing user-friendly information to rural communities to enhance understanding about DOT’s infrastructure grant options;
  3. Improving DOT’s data-driven approaches to better assess needs and benefits of rural transportation infrastructure projects

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EPA: Clean School Bus Program

With funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, EPA’s new Clean School Bus Program provides $5 billion over the next five years (FY 2022-2026) to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models. EPA is offering $500 million through the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates for zero-emission and low-emission school bus rebates as the first funding opportunity. EPA will continue to update this page with additional Clean School Bus Program funding  information and educational resources.

Clean School Bus Benefits

  • Cleaner air. Electric and alternatively-fueled buses eliminate or reduce school bus exhaust, which is linked to asthma.
  • Reduced health risks, especially for children whose lungs are still developing.
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change.
  • Grid resilience. Using bidirectional chargers, school buses can store energy for distribution to the grid when needed.

Clean School Bus Rebate Funding

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USDOE: Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity have launched a new Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize. Phase Two submissions will open in March 2022 and close in March 2023 and will provide cash prizes of up to $250,000 each ($2.5 million total) to groups and organizations to support entrepreneurship and innovation in communities historically underrepresented and underserved in the energy sector. If you want help applying, contact us for free coaching.

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