Airport Zero Emissions Vehicle and Infrastructure Pilot Program
The Airport Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) and Infrastructure Pilot Program improves airport air quality and facilitates use of zero emissions technologies at airports. Created in 2012, the program allows airport sponsors to use Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds to purchase ZEVs and to construct or modify infrastructure needed to use ZEVs.
- ZEV and Infrastructure Pilot Program Brochure (PDF) (Updated 10/20/2020)
- Summary of ZEV Airport Projects and Contacts (Updated 10/5/2022)
Program Guidance and Application Information
- Airport Zero Emissions Airport Vehicle and Infrastructure Pilot Program Technical Guidance (Version 2) (PDF) (updated 3/8/2022)
This guidance document provides details on vehicle eligibility, allowable vehicle use, eligible airports, grant funding limitations, and the application process.
Any public-use airport eligible to receive AIP grants in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Airports in EPA-designated nonattainment areas are given first priority for consideration. Airports in EPA-designated maintenance areas will only be considered after all proposals from nonattainment areas are considered for funding. Airports in attainment areas will only be considered after all proposals in nonattainment areas and in maintenance areas have been considered. The FAA will give priority to the applications with the greatest air quality benefits. Projects with the best cost effectiveness in each category will have the highest priority in their respective categories.
Annual Deadline for Project Proposals
The annual deadline for pre-applications is November 1 each year. Airports must submit pre-applications to their FAA Airports District Office (or FAA Regional Office for Regions without ADOs) by that date. Pre-applications are plain bond write-ups of no more than 3 pages with the following information:
- A brief description of the proposed project, and anticipated benefits to the airport and air quality.
- The airport's current status for all EPA criteria pollutants. Status can be found in the EPA's Greenbook.
- An estimate of emissions reductions for all criteria pollutants (average for each year, and cumulatively over useful life).
- An estimate of the AIP funding request and local match.
- Note: For the Airport ZEV Program, airports may submit the program worksheets in lieu of the emissions reduction estimates. The worksheet quickly calculates emissions reduction through simple data entry.