Fleet Zero-Emission Resource Opportunity (Fleet-ZERO)

Colorado’s Fleet-ZERO grant program strategically addresses greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from the fleet sector by funding electric vehicle (EV) charging to support the transition of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty fleets to electric vehicles. Fleet emissions have a disproportionate impact on public health and the environment, especially for marginalized and lower-income communities living near major roadways and facilities. The State’s Clean Truck Strategy and Community Access Enterprise identify fleet electrification as an important near term action to improve air quality and protect our environment, while also saving Colorado fleet owners and operators money on fuel and maintenance costs. 

Fleet-ZERO supports charging for fleet owners and operators seeking to electrify their vehicles, as well as public and semi-public fleet charging sites and providers offering EV charging-as-a-service to fleets. The program offers competitive grant funding with prioritized investments in disproportionately impacted communities and enhanced incentives for Qualifying Entities (please see Eligibility section below).

The Fleet-ZERO standard application (please see Eligibility) is currently open through June 30, 2023 at 5:00 PM MT. All Fleet-ZERO applicants are required to read the Application Guide in full prior to submitting an application:

View the Fleet-ZERO Application Guide

All Fleet-ZERO applicants must submit their application online through the grant portal:

Online Grant Portal

Applicants may draft responses in advance by downloading the Fleet-ZERO Word Formatted Application, which is available for preparatory purposes.

Download the Word formatted application preparation document

During every standard application round, for the first two (2) weeks after the round opens, CEO will have a Q&A period for the Fleet-ZERO program. Applicants can submit questions through the Fleet-ZERO Q&A Form.

CEO will post public responses to all of the questions received during the Q&A period one (1) week after the Q&A period closes. CEO will not answer questions on an individual basis during the standard application rounds.

View responses to questions from the Fleet-ZERO May Q&A period

For more information, watch the Fleet-ZERO informational webinar and view the webinar slides.

We will send future program updates to the contact list below:

Sign up to receive updates on the Fleet-ZERO program

Contact information

For more information regarding Fleet-ZERO, please reach out to Matt Lerman, Infrastructure Program Manager, at matt.lerman@state.co.us.

Overview

Type: Competitive Grant

For:  Light-, medium-, and heavy-duty fleets (private, public, and non-profit); independent owner-operators; charging as-a-service providers; property owners, developers, and managers

Amount: $3 million total estimated for the first round 

Match: Minimum 20% match required up to program maximums; reduced to a minimum 10% match for Qualifying Entities

Program Length: Ongoing

Application rounds: Standard application opened May 15 and closes June 30, 2023, 5:00 PM MT. Rolling application will open on July 1 and will remain open year-round only for Qualifying Entities requesting $50,000 or less

The Fleet-ZERO program is available for both private depot and public charging to support fleets. It is not available for personal use vehicles or residential charging. Prospective applicants should only submit a grant application if their organization will own and operate the EV charging stations being requested. 

Eligible applicants
  • Light-, medium-, and heavy-duty fleets (private, public, and non-profit)
  • Independent owner-operators
  • Charging-as-a-service providers
  • Property owners, developers, and managers

NOTE: Charging for electric school buses is not eligible for Fleet-ZERO funding. For school bus charging, please apply for funding through the Colorado Electric School Bus Grant Program. Transit vehicle charging for past recipients of Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Division of Transit and Rail funding is also not eligible for Fleet-ZERO funding. Funding for transit vehicle charging is available through the Clean Transit Enterprise. School district and transit agency white fleet vehicle charging, however is eligible for funding through Fleet-ZERO.

There are three application types for the Fleet-ZERO grant program:

  • Standard: Single fleet, shared fleet, charging as-a-service, public or semi-public fleet 
  • Rolling: Same eligibility as the Standard application, but available year-round solely for Qualifying Entities submitting up to $50,000 maximum funding requests
  • Medium- and Heavy-Duty (M/HD) Charging Corridors (Forthcoming): Four (4) or more public or semi-public fleet 350 kW+ DC fast-chargers configured for M/HD charging

Qualifying Entities are eligible for enhanced incentives and may submit Rolling applications:

  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) 
  • Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) 
  • Small Business Enterprises (SBE) 
  • Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB) 
  • Women Business Enterprises (WBE) 
  • Government Agencies 
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • School Districts (Not available for electric school bus charging)
  • Tribal Entities
Eligible project costs

Funds can cover costs directly associated with the purchase and installation of EV charging equipment and infrastructure for fleets, as well as costs associated with the 5 year networking and 5 year warranty requirements for the program.

CEO will only reimburse eligible project costs that are incurred or contracted for after executing a Purchase Order or Contract with the Colorado Energy Office.

The Colorado Energy Office will outline a specific amount of funding available to applicants during each application cycle. The maximum award per applicant, per round for Standard applications is likely $250,000-500,000. The maximum award for Rolling applications is $50,000. Only Qualifying Entities are eligible to submit Rolling applications.

Match: Match requirements are subject to change. Currently, a minimum 20% match (up to the per charging port incentive maximums) is required for all non-qualifying entities. A reduced 10% minimum match (up to the per charging port incentive maximums) is required for Qualifying Entities.

Fleet-ZERO - Standard & Rolling Incentives
Power level Incentive per single port charger Incentive per dual port charger Vehicle class eligibility Likely maximum funding** (per applicant, per round) Enhanced incentives* (per charging port for qualifying entities)
< 19 kW $3,000 $6,000 - $250,000 +$500
19-49 kW $5,000 $10,000 *** $250,000 +$500
50-99 kW DCFC $35,000 $50,000 Class 4-8*** $500,000 +2,000
100 kW+ DCFC $50,000 $70,000 Class 4-8*** $500,000 +$2,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fleet-ZERO offers funding for eligible costs up to the incentive per charging port maximums included in table above, not to exceed 80% of eligible projects costs (90% for Qualifying Entities*).

*Enhanced incentives are available for Qualifying Entities, including increased maximum funding amounts per charging port (in addition to the standard per charging port maximums) and a reduced minimum match requirement of 10% (instead of the standard 20%).

**The Evaluation Committee reserves the right to award more or less funding during any Standard application round. The max funding that will be awarded per Rolling application submission is $50,000.

***Based on the power level charging station(s) being requested, applicants must confirm the Vehicle Class Eligibility and the anticipated EVs’ maximum onboard EV charging capability. For 50 kW+ DCFC, funding requests seeking one (1) charger for one (1) EV should only be for Class 4 or above EVs (except in certain non-overnight charging scenarios). However, 50 kW+ DCFC are eligible to be shared amongst multiple lighter Class EVs (please see the Application Guide for more information).

 

All Fleet-ZERO applicants are required to read the Application Guide in full prior to submitting an application: 

View the Fleet-ZERO Application Guide

Applicants must submit Fleet-ZERO grant applications online through the Colorado Energy Office’s grant portal.

Online Grant Portal

  • Standard application: opened May 15, closes June 30, 2023, 5:00 PM MT
  • Rolling application: opens July 1 and will remain open throughout the year for Qualifying Entities
  • M/HD charging corridors: anticipated to open in late 2023. Sign up for the M/HD Corridors Teaming Partner List.
Key dates and activities
Action Date
Standard application period opens May 15, 2023
Q&A submission deadline May 26, 2023, 5:00 PM MT
Q&A responses posted June 2, 2023, 5:00 PM MT
Standard application submission deadline June 30, 2023, 5:00 PM MT
Rolling application period opens July 1, 2023, open year-round for eligible applicants only

 

Additional Incentive Opportunities & Resources

The Colorado Energy Office strongly encourages applicants to take advantage of all available utility, local, state, and federal incentives for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. CEO will allow awardees to combine additional incentives with Fleet-ZERO funding. Fleet-ZERO incentives may not be combined with other state charging infrastructure grant funding, but can be combined with state electric vehicle funding from the Clean Fleet Vehicle & Technology Grant Program.

See additional incentive opportunities