As of July 23, 2019, all funds available for HVIP for Fiscal Year 18-19 have been requested, and a waitlist is in effect. Vouchers can still be requested, however they will not be reviewed or approved until more funds are available. Additional funds are anticipated to be available in January 2020. Updates from September 2019 are available HERE.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB), in partnership with CALSTART, launched the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) and Low NOx Engine Incentives in 2009, to accelerate the purchase of cleaner, more-efficient trucks and buses in California. See the Eligible Vehicle Catalog HERE.
The greatest barrier to purchasing cleaner trucks and buses is the higher price tag.
HVIP provides point-of-sale discounts to vehicle purchasers. There’s no waiting for a rebate check or a tax credit. HVIP works directly with truck and bus dealers to apply the voucher incentive at the time of purchase.
Why do we need cleaner trucks and buses?
Today, the transportation sector is responsible for 50 percent of California’s greenhouse gas and criteria emissions. By deploying new electric, hybrid, and natural gas trucks and buses, fleets can help reduce these emissions.
CARB Releases Proposed FY 2019-20 Funding Plan
CARB has posted the Proposed Fiscal Year 2019-20 Funding Plan. The CARB Board will consider adoption of the Funding Plan at their October 24 board meeting. The proposed changes to HVIP are on PDF pages 105 through 108 of the Funding Plan. More information on the implementation of these potential changes will be provided after October 24.
Program Updates on EVSE, ePTO Guidance, Low NOx Incentives, and Large Orders
- Effective August 15, 2019, EVSE voucher enhancements must be requested within 60 days of the submittal of corresponding vehicle voucher requests.
Have you requested a vehicle voucher more than 60 days ago and still intend to request an EVSE enhancement, but haven’t yet? The deadline to do so is August 31, 2019. Please note that EVSE enhancement requests cannot be submitted if the corresponding vehicle voucher requests are on the HVIP waitlist.
- ePTO Guidance Update: Effective 6/10/2019, changes are in effect of ePTO guidance and eligibility in HVIP. Click here for more details.
- Low NOx Incentives: Effective 6/6/2019, Low NOx vouchers for new vehicles are $45,000. Repowers for the L9N eligible engine qualify for a $50,000 voucher and repowers with the ISX12N eligible engine qualify for a $52,000 voucher.
- EVSE: Effective 6/10/2019, EVSE vouchers are required to complete an EVSE Voucher Request Form and an EVSE Redemption Form. The EVSE Voucher Request Form must be approved BEFORE qualifying EVSE is ordered.
- Large Orders: CARB is implementing a review of large voucher requests to ensure incentives do not exceed incremental cost maximums as specified in the FY18-19 Funding Plan, and to help maximize funding availability within the constraints of annual budgets. Effective June 18, large voucher requests, defined as 100 or more vouchers for the same fleet in a 12-month period, are subject to CARB review and approval before voucher-request approval. CARB may reduce voucher amounts on a case-by-case basis to ensure that incentive amounts are consistent with incremental cost policy defined in the Funding Plan. Fleets and dealerships are encouraged to coordinate with CARB regarding large orders prior to submitting a voucher request.
CARB Kicks Off the CORE Voucher Incentive Project!
On August 5, 2019, the California Air Resources Board announced that CALSTART will administer the Clean Off-Road Equipment (CORE) Voucher Incentive Project. CORE is a $40 million market acceleration program to advance the deployment of zero-emission off-road freight equipment. The program provides equipment purchasers and lessees attractive point-of-sale discounts toward the purchase of zero-emission off-road freight equipment making costs comparable to their traditional fossil-fueled counterparts.
CORE is based on HVIP and is a California Climate Investments project. To learn more, please visit www.californiacore.org.
HVIP Celebrates its 10th Anniversary and Fuel Cell Bus Deployment at SunLine Transit Agency!
June 21, 2019
HVIP celebrated its first hydrogen fuel cell bus deployment and 10th anniversary at SunLine Transit Agency’s Learning Center. Speakers included Jack Kitowski of the California Air Resources Board, California Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, Lauren Skiver of SunLine Transit Agency, and Tom Brotherton of CALSTART. This event celebrated SunLine’s deployment of hydrogen electric fuel cell buses which are the first deployed through HVIP as well as HVIP’s 10th Anniversary. Participants were able view the buses and take a tour of the facility! Thank you to all those who attended!
CARB Review Requirement for Large Orders
CARB is implementing a review of large voucher requests to ensure incentives do not exceed incremental cost maximums as specified in the FY18-19 Funding Plan, and to help maximize funding availability within the constraints of annual budgets. Effective June 18, large voucher requests, defined as 100 or more vouchers for the same fleet in a 12-month period, are subject to CARB review and approval before voucher-request approval. CARB may reduce voucher amounts on a case-by-case basis to ensure that incentive amounts are consistent with incremental cost policy defined in the Funding Plan. Fleets and dealerships are encouraged to coordinate with CARB regarding large orders prior to submitting a voucher request.
Updated Requirements for Low NOx Trucks
Requirements have been updated for 8.9L Low NOx natural gas vouchers for refuse collection vehicles, roll-off vehicles, and transfer vehicles. There are also new eligibility requirements for vouchers where Low NOx vehicles replace diesel vehicles.
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South Coast Air Quality Management District’s AB 617 Community Meeting
South Coast Air Quality Management District in collaboration with the California Air Resources Board is hosting an Assembly Bill (AB) 617 Community Meeting on May 29, 2019 in Colton, CA. This meeting is an opportunity for environment justice communities to address community air pollution and an update on the community plans of the AB 617 program. Click here to learn more!
How do I know if a vehicle is eligible for HVIP?
Southern California Edison’s Charge Ready Transport Program Kickoff Meeting
Southern California Edison is launching the Charge Ready Transport Program to help install charging infrastructure needed to electrify medium- and heavy-duty fleets on May 20, 2019.
Learn about the Charge Ready Transport Program requirements, funding opportunities, partners, and the application process by watching the meeting on YouTube Live at http://bit.ly/SCE_EnergyEducationCenter_YouTube.
HVIP and Southern California Edison will be collaborating to coordinate our incentives. Stay tuned for that collaboration!
California Air Resources Board Working Group Scheduled for March 25, 2019
Please mark your calendars for an upcoming California Air Resources Board (CARB) Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) Work Group Meeting for 2019-20 Funding Plan Development to be held on Monday, March 25, 2019.
For those unable to attend in person, conference call capability is available – Dial-In Number: 888-946-3504, Passcode: 2983101. Click here to access to agenda for this event.
The meeting will be held at the following date, time, and location:
Date: Monday, March 25, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Place: Cal/EPA Headquarters Building
Training Room East
1001 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814
If you have questions regarding the workshop, please contact Mr. Ryan Murano, Air Pollution Specialist, at (916) 322-2383 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participate and Learn More
Fleets that operate Class 2 to Class 8 vehicles in California are eligible for voucher incentives! Click here to learn about HVIP’s clean vehicle inventory and how to submit a voucher request.
Vendors and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) interested in selling vehicles through HVIP, click here to learn how to apply for HVIP vehicle eligibility.