The California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP)
is a unique and streamlined program to help speed the early market introduction of clean, low-carbon hybrid and electric trucks and buses. HVIP accomplishes this by addressing the biggest barrier to the purchase of medium- and heavy-duty hybrids: the high incremental cost of these vehicles in the early market years when production volumes are still low. All fleets are eligible, whethery they're public or private, large or small. If your fleet might be intersted in participating in HVIP, please see the "For Fleets" page to learn more.
The HVIP is designed to offset about half of the incremental additional cost of eligible hybrid and battery-electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles using a simplified purchase voucher. This amount was deemed critical by fleets and manufacturers to assist the early market. The HVIP is also designed to assist fleets and dealers by reducing this cost right at the time of purchase, and has been designed to simplify implementation. Dealers request a voucher with their fleet customers at the time of order; the amounts are pre-set for each qualified vehicle
. This first-in-the-nation approach can become a model for effectively spurring clean vehicle technologies.
HVIP provides a meaningful "kick-start" to the low-emission hybrid truck and bus industry; it could help deploy over 1,000 vehicles this year, potentially growing the nation's early market hybrid and battery-electric truck volumes by over 30 percent. Since hybrid and zero-emission technologies reduce greenhouse gas and criteria emissions, and cut petroleum use, HVIP provides a strong public benefit by helping to speed the commercialization of these technologies, and supporting a critical ramp-up in production that is necessary to meet California’s clean air goals.
The HVIP base vouchers range from $8,000 to $45,000 on a first-come, first-served basis for the purchase of each eligible new hybrid or electric truck or bus. However, with the program's additional funding for qualified vehicles (first three vehicles purchased), voucher levels can reach $65,000 per vehicle. Additionally, there is a plus-up project available in the San Joaquin Valley that can add up to $30,000 more per voucher. The complete rules and conditions of the program are available in the Year 3 HVIP Implementation Manual
. To find out what dealers need to know to take part, visit the Dealer Section
of this web site. For fleet background on how to take part, visit the Fleet Section
. Vehicle manufacturers can learn how to qualify their hybrid products on the Manufacturers page
The HVIP is administered and implemented through a partnership between ARB and CALSTART (which was selected by ARB via a competitive grant solicitation).
In 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law the California Alternative and Renewable Fuel, Vehicle Technology, Clean Air, and Carbon Reduction Act of 2007 (AB 118, Statutes of 2007, Chapter 750). AB 118 created the Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), a voluntary incentive program administered by ARB to fund clean vehicle and equipment projects, air quality research, and workforce training. ARB’s funding, based on projected revenues for AQIP projects in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009-10 State Budget, was $34.6 million.
In April 2009, ARB adopted AQIP Guidelines that established minimum administrative and implementation requirements, providing the overarching rules for ARB to run this incentive program. The AQIP Guidelines include the procedures for issuing project solicitations and selecting projects.
In April 2009, ARB also approved the AQIP Funding Plan for FY 2009-10 (Funding Plan), which serves as the blueprint for expending FY 2009-10 AQIP funds. The Funding Plan establishes ARB’s priorities for the funding cycle, describes the projects ARB will fund in FY 2009-10, and sets funding targets for each project. Under the Funding Plan, AQIP funds will be focused on supporting development and deployment of the advanced technologies needed to meet California’s longer-term, post-2020 air quality goals. The Funding Plan established the HVIP as the cornerstone of the AQIP for FY 2009-10, accounting for about 60 percent of the funds for that year. Click here
for the AQIP Guidelines and Funding Plan.