Fleets must register the HVIP vehicle(s) and operate them in the state of California for three years.
A vehicle manufacturer of the following technologies must apply to have the vehicle technology approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to become HVIP-eligible:
- Hybrid, zero-emission (hydrogen fuel cell, battery electric), aerial booms with ePTO
- Plug-in utility vehicles with exportable power
- Conversions of zero-emission and hybrid vehicle technologies
- Low NOx engines
Once approved, the vehicle technology will be added to the Eligible Technologies list.
To participate as an approved vendor or dealer, one must fall into at least one of the following categories:
- A hybrid or zero-emission truck of bus dealership with an official dealer number and a written agreement with a medium- or heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer with a valid business license for the past two years.
- An original hybrid or zero-emission truck or bus vehicle manufacturer which manufactures HVIP-eligible vehicles and sells those vehicles directly to fleet.
- A hybrid or zero-emission truck or bus manufacturer with a written agreement with a medium- or heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer and have a valid business license for the past two years.
- An engine manufacturer which manufacturers engines meeting any tier of the optional low NOx standard or dealer that offers low NOx engines for sale.