FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2021
HONOLULU – Approximately $2.1 million in diesel replacement rebates are available from the Hawaii State Energy Office in partnership with the Hawaii Department of Health. The new Diesel Replacement Rebate program offers a 45% rebate to public and private organizations within Hawaii that replace old, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles with an electric equivalent and an associated charger.
This program will fund transit, shuttle, and school buses, as well as medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Funds are available on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be available and accepted beginning October 29th at 9 am at https://energy.hawaii.gov/what-we-do/financial-assistance-and-grants/volkswagen-settlement/diesel-replacement/.
There will be an informational webinar on October 21st at 9am for potential applicants. Interested parties can sign up for the VW mailing list at https://energy.hawaii.gov/vw-settlement-mailing-list to receive more information.
“Providing rebates to replace old diesel vehicles with clean electric vehicles will significantly move the needle toward achieving Hawaii’s bold net-negative emissions goal. The State of Hawaii is leading the way by aligning funding from multiple federal and non-governmental
sources to leverage meaningful action,” said Governor Ige.
Hawaii’s Chief Energy Officer Scott Glenn emphasized, “Ground transportation represents about one quarter of Hawaii’s oil consumption and energy sector greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why it’s important to invest in electric trucks and buses and the charging infrastructure they require. In addition, this program will support job creation and reduce exposure to pollution for people who rely on mass transit.”
The partnership between the Hawaii State Energy Office and the Hawaii Department of Health leveraged Volkswagen Settlement funds to receive a bonus incentive of roughly $500,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program, increasing the otherwise available funds by more than 30 percent.
“Reducing harmful emissions from diesel engines is important to protect human health and our island environment.” said Kathleen Ho, HDOH Deputy Director for Environmental Health. “We are excited to partner with the Hawaii State Energy Office to reduce air pollution and improve air quality for the people of Hawaii.”
This announcement coincides with National Drive Electric Week.
About the Hawaii State Energy Office
The Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) is an attached agency of the state’s Department of
Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The HSEO’s mission is to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation to help achieve a resilient, clean energy, decarbonized economy. Toward this end, the HSEO is developing policies and programs to achieve our energy and climate change goals while identifying strategies that create jobs, lower costs, and improve quality of life in Hawaii. For more information, visit energy.hawaii.gov.
Kirsten Baumgart Turner
Deputy Energy Officer
Hawaii State Energy Office