**UPDATED to revise the available funding and the funding splits and to provide guidance for defining and describing underserved communities.**
This Request for Applications will select applicants to join MEC’s proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy under the Funding Opportunity Announcement titled Low Greenhouse Gas Vehicle Technologies Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment (DE-FOA-0002475), Area of Interest 1.
The proposed project, Electric Vehicle Market Stimulation in Divested Economies, will leverage investments by industry and municipal agencies to put to work the emerging and mature plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle (PEV) technology within a broad and equitable market in Kansas and Missouri.
This RFA is limited to electric vehicle and electric vehicle charging installments, as well as related outreach programs, that will achieve significant reductions in pollution emitted from vehicles. We are primarily targeting organizations operating within environmental justice areas and other underserved areas to install public charging infrastructure, or to electrify their heavy vehicles, especially those operating at low speeds in or adjacent to residential neighborhoods. Emissions from heavy vehicles and off-road machinery contribute to asthma rates and family illness, keeping people away from jobs and school; early deaths; and other health and social impacts.
Volunteer cost sharing from some organizations will be leveraged to reduce the cost of participation for under-capitalized organizations.