Available Voucher Funds
All Approved Technologies
$ -144,373,241
Small Fleet Low NOx NG
$ 0

Approved Technologies Include Zero Emission, Low NOx, and ePTO

The HVIP Waitlist now exceeds the funding available in Fiscal Year 19-20.
New voucher requests are on hold until further notice.
More information is available HERE.

The California Air Resources Board has made several policy changes that went into effect
at 12:01 a.m. October 25, 2019.
More details 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. 

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Build Sustainable Communities
Protect Public Health

Latest News

California Air Resources Board Work Group Meeting for the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Heavy-Duty Investment Strategy Scheduled for January 30, 2020

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to participate in a work group meeting to begin developing the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-21 Investment Strategy for Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Off-Road Equipment.  The Strategy, built upon previous years’ work, will be incorporated into the upcoming FY 2020-21 Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) and Low Carbon Transportation Investments Funding Plan.  The meeting agenda is available, and if there are handouts, they will be posted to the program website ahead of the meeting.

Meeting Details:
Date: January 30,2020
Time: 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Location: CalEPA Headquarters Building
California Air Resources Board | Coastal Hearing Room 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814
Dial-In #: (888) 469-0510
Passcode: 7744525

Participation by teleconference is encouraged.  If attending in person, please notify CARB staff, Mr. Jason Crow at (916) 323-7525 in advance and check-in at the 1st floor Visitor Center upon arrival.  CARB staff will be available to escort you to the meeting room.

Partial Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Zero-Emission Transit Buses

Assembly Bill 784 provides a partial sales and use tax exemption on purchases and leases of eligible zero-emission transit buses in California. As of October 9, 2019 and through December 31, 2023, qualified purchasers are able to take advantage of this tax exemption.

To receive the partial tax exemption, purchasers must meet three conditions:

1. The bus is a transit bus;

2. The qualified purchaser is either:

    • A city or county government,
    • A transportation district/transit district, or
    • A public agency that provides transit services to the public;

3. The transit bus is eligible under the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).

HVIP-eligible transit buses can be found in the online catalog.

The partial tax exemption applies whether or not HVIP funding was used to purchase or lease the transit bus. Purchases do not have to be made via an HVIP-eligible dealer or manufacturer in order to qualify for the partial tax exemption.

For more information about the partial tax exemption, including specific transit bus definitions, view the informational flyer or visit www.CDTFA.ca.gov.

California Air Resources Board Work Group Meeting Scheduled for January 22, 2020

Please mark your calendars for an upcoming California Air Resources Board (CARB) Heavy-Duty Demonstrations, Pilots, and Clean Truck and Bus Vouchers from the Fiscal Year 2019-20 Funding Plan public work group meeting to be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. This meeting seeks input from stakeholders on the implementation of HVIP and heavy-duty advanced technology demonstration and pilot projects. In addition, this meeting will include discussion of CARB’s policies for the voucher waitlist and updates on the processing of requested vouchers.

Meeting Details:

Date:          January 22, 2020
Time:          9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:   CalEPA Headquarters Building
Second Floor Training Rooms
1001 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814

For those unable to attend in-person, the meeting is accessible by teleconference:

Domestic Call-In Number: 888-829-8672
International Call-In Number: 415-228-5038
Passcode: 5573748

The agenda for the meeting will be posted and if you are attending in-person, please check-in at the first floor security desk upon arrival.

If you have questions or comments regarding this work group, please contact Mr. Patrick Chen, Air Pollution Specialist, at (626) 350-6520.


HVIP Policy Changes

At the October 24, 2019 Board meeting, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved several changes to HVIP policy. These changes have been made in order to address a significant funding shortfall, and to align eligible technologies with HVIP goals. California maintains a portfolio of funding programs to support a wider variety of technology options and funding needs. The changes are in effect for all vouchers requested after 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 25, 2019; the changes are not retroactive and therefore do not affect vouchers added to the Waitlist on or before Thursday, October 24, 2019. 

See full details HERE.

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.

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!

See the press release here!

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!

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.

Meeting Information:

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 ryan.murano@arb.ca.gov.

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