Green Fleet

CARB Approves $373M in Clean-Vehicle Grants

July 01, 2015

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved $373-million in grants to bolster alternative-fuel vehicles, including fleet-eligible rebates for low- and zero-emission passenger vehicles, the board announced.

The budget for the annual Funding Plan for Low Carbon Transportation Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program is up by $150 million over last year's budget, CARB reported. Most of this budget is subject to approval by the state legislature when it considers the proposed expenditure of cap-and-trade auction proceeds as part of the state budget. The grants cover fiscal year 2015-2016.

The majority of the funding — $350 million — comes from the funds in the state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund dedicated to low-carbon transportation investments, and supports a variety of programs for a wide range of cars, trucks, and off-road equipment, according to CARB. An additional $23 million comes from the Air Quality Improvement Program.

Light-duty vehicles will receive $200 million, including $163 million for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project that offers up to $5,000 in vehicle rebates for the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission and plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicles.

Heavy-duty vehicle and freight-equipment projects receive $167.5 million, including $12 million for Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) to encourage commercial deployment of hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses.

Also included in the funding plan are increased investments for light-duty pilot projects in disadvantaged communities, including $20 million to expand air district administered retire-and-replace pilot programs that help low-income residents afford the cleanest cars; the funding of $20 million for pilot deployment of zero-emission trucks and $45 million for pilot deployment of zero-emission buses; and the funding of $59 million for advanced technology demonstration projects for larger vehicles, CAR reported.

The Funding Plan builds on previous investments designed to benefit disadvantaged communities, including pilot programs to help owners of older, dirty vehicles move up to much cleaner, newer cars (including electric vehicles). Overall, the Funding Plan dedicates 50 percent of the low-carbon transportation funds to benefit disadvantaged communities, and 10 percent of those dedicated funds is to be invested directly in those communities, according to CARB.

Comment On This Story

Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.


Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Recent Topics

Hi everyone! We've opened up voting for the 2018 Public Fleet Hall of Fame. Anyone registered on FleetShare can vote by April 10. It...

View Topic

How many different types of antifreeze do you stock? I’m curious to know what others are doing to deal with the numerous specifications...

View Topic

Fleet Documents

1126 Fleet Documents (and counting) to Download!

Sponsored by

The California ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health-based air quality standards.

Read more

Alternative Fuel Locator

Use the Alternative Fuel Locator to find stations near you.

Launch Alternative Fuel Locator