Clean transportation pilot program updates

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

MPCA receives overwhelming interest in electric school buses

Applications for our electric school bus pilot project closed in mid-October, and the initial numbers are in: we received approximately 19 applications, with requests for more than 40 buses!

As the application evaluation process begins, we are excited to see that schools and bus companies operating across Minnesota are demonstrating great interest in and demand for electric vehicle (EV) technology – and the kids are excited, too! Watch this video to see why:

Electrci school bus video still


Climate action on the roads

Using funds from the Volkswagen settlement to advance EV technology is an important step MPCA is taking to fight climate change and ensure clean air for our children and local communities. Applications received will be evaluated for eligibility, and not all applicants may be deemed eligible. We anticipate funding between six and ten buses total, with buses expected on the roads in fall 2022.

More information:

MnDOT offers new clean transportation funding

A new clean transportation pilot from Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will provide up to $2 million annually in grants to pilot, test, and increase adoption of clean transportation technologies.

This new program will help communities across the state demonstrate how clean transportation technologies can meet their business needs and reduce carbon pollution, especially in communities outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

Transit bus

Who can apply

Local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, schools, tribal governments, and non-profit organizations are all encouraged to apply for these grants.

Award amounts

Grant amounts will range from $25,000 to $500,000 and require a 20% match. No match is required for tribal governments.

Electric vehicle charging

Learn more

More information, including a comprehensive guide to the pilot program, is available on the MnDOT website: Clean Transportation Pilot Program.