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The Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) is requesting feedback for recently released Request for Information (RFI). The RFI is for the Light Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Supply Equipment category under the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Settlement EMT).


“Your feedback is valuable and can make a significant impact on the design of the VW EVSE funding opportunity, so we’re asking that you review, complete and submit TDEC’s RFI no later than the December 6, 2019, 4 pm CT deadline,” said Jonathan Overly, Executive Director of East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition. “There’s a lot of work ahead of us, but collectively, we can ensure that all considerations are met, before the official solicitation for funding is released, by TDEC, sometime in 2020,” said Overly.


“The requested RFI feedback, in combination with the results from the completed Statewide Electric (EV) Charging Infrastructure Needs Assessment will inform the next steps of the solicitation process,” said Ryan Stanton, TDEC Senior Consultant – Strategic Energy Initiatives. “We ask that when compiling RFI feedback, please review this Needs Assessment, which will be published on TDEC’s Drive Electric Tennessee webpage on November 8th, 2019,” concluded Stanton.


Points to remember:


  • Responses to the RFI should be transmitted electronically to OEP@tn.govin PDF format and must be received by 4:00 pm CT on December 6, 2019.
  • Respondents need not answer every question in the RFI. Please answer any questions that you feel you can relevantly address.


  • This RFI is not a solicitation for projects. Information obtained from this RFI will be used solely for planning purposes. Submitting a response to this RFI is voluntary and is not a prerequisite for responding to any future solicitations issued by TDEC with regard to the State’s allocation under the VW Settlement EMT.


  • TDEC will conduct a comprehensive review and evaluation of all responses.


  • TDEC will continue to release solicitations for funding under the VW Settlement EMT in the coming months.




  • Click hereto learn more about TDEC’s project solicitations under the VW Settlement EMT.



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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs today announced it will offer a two-tiered rebate on qualifying electric vehicles that are purchased or leased and registered in the State of Tennessee.

“Electric vehicles are a great alternative for Tennesseans looking to do their part in protecting the air we breathe,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said. “This rebate program is a way to assist consumers making environmentally conscious transportation decisions.”

Electric vehicle dealerships will be responsible for providing the rebate to consumers after such funds are received from the State. The State will rebate $2,500 on zero-emission battery electric vehicles and $1,500 on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles sold or leased (with a three-year minimum lease term) by a Tennessee dealership to Tennessee residents, after a claim is filed by the dealership.

For the purposes of this rebate, battery electric vehicles are defined as fully electric, zero-emission vehicles that have an on-board electrical energy storage device that can be recharged from an external source of electricity. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have zero-emission vehicle range capability and an on-board electrical energy storage device that can be recharged from an external source of electricity. In general, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can be driven using electricity, gasoline or both.

There is currently $682,500 available for this second iteration of the electric vehicle rebate program. The rebate program will go into effect for vehicle purchases or leases made after June 15, 2015. Rebates will be dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis, and the program will remain active until funds are exhausted.

The following vehicles are eligible to qualify for a rebate:

Battery electric vehicles (BEV) $2,500 Rebate

  • BMW i3 or i3 Rex
  • Chevrolet Spark EV
  • Fiat 500e
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  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Honda Fit EV
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • Nissan LEAF
  • smartED and Electric Fortwo
  • Tesla Model S
  • Toyota RAV4 EV
  • Volkswagen e-Golf

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) $1,500 Rebate

  • BMW i8
  • Cadillac ELR
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Ford CMAX Energi
  • Ford Fusion Energi
  • Honda Accord Plug-in
  • Porsche 918 Spyder
  • Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
  • Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

For questions or more information, email Alexa Voytek, program manager at TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs, at or call 615.532.0238.

See this announcement on TDEC’s Website.