Proposal for using Volkswagen mitigation funds for light duty EV charging infrastructure
DEQ, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon Department of Energy and the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division, is requesting public comment on a proposal to consider using a portion of the Volkswagen diesel settlement allotted to Oregon to support the state’s policy of electrifying the transportation sector. The proposal complements and extends current efforts in Oregon for Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure in Oregon. The VW Settlement decree allows up to 15 percent of each state’s allocation – in Oregon this is approximately $10.9 million - to be used to develop and maintain EV charging stations. The Oregon Legislature must act to approve future uses of VW Settlement funds in Oregon. This process will inform further consideration by the Legislature of future project activity.
Electrifying the transportation sector is a critical strategy for Oregon to achieve its climate and air quality goals. Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order No. 17-21 that established an aggressive goal to have 50,000 or more registered EVs in Oregon by 2020.
This goal will be achieved by:
- Having Oregon state agencies lead by example with increased use of EVs;
- Increasing Oregonians’ access to EVs;
- Increasing Oregonians’ access to EV charging infrastructure;
- Providing partners with information on EV use and functionality; and
- Celebrating achievements by recognizing businesses and organizations that lead Oregon in EV adoption.
Task 5A of the executive order directs the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon Department of Energy, and the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division, to engage in a stakeholder process to inform the development of a VW EV Infrastructure Proposal. This proposal consists of three action areas: updating the West Coast Electric Highway to extend usage; increase equity access to charging at multi-unit dwellings; and filling gaps in the charging network with DC fast chargers.
Public Involvement Process
The State of Oregon seeks feedback from stakeholders on this specific proposal for the use of Volkswagen Settlement funds allocated to Oregon to support access to light-duty electric vehicle charging. The State of Oregon is most interested in strategies that address the emerging equity gap in access to EV charging, including strategies that increase access in rural, coastal, and lower-income parts of the state.
Key Question 1: How would you allocate the money among the three parts? Are there other projects or categories of projects not listed that would be a better use of these limited funds?
Key Question 2: Do you have an alternative to Part A of the proposal for upgrading the West Coast Electric Highway?
Key Question 3: Do you have an alternative to Part B of the proposal for providing Level 2 chargers at multi-use dwellings?
Key Question 4: Do you have an alternative to Part C of the proposal for establishing new DC fast-chargers in underserved areas?
Key Question 5: What criteria, data or other information should be used to help identify underserved areas, low-income populations and areas of the state disproportionately impacted by air pollution for which relief could be provided by electric charging infrastructure?