HVIP provides attractive incentives for the purchase of CARB-approved Low NOx natural gas engines. Incentives for Low NOx natural gas engines are available for new and repowered vehicles on a first-come, first-served basis.
As of spring 2018, the Cummins Westport 8.9 liter natural gas engine and the Cummins Westport 11.9 liter natural gas engine are the only low NOx natural gas engines currently eligible for HVIP incentives and are certified to 0.02 g/bhp-hr NOx standard which is 90 percent below the current NOx standard. The Cummins Westport 8.9 liter Low NOx engine is well suited for transit buses and refuse trucks while the 11.9 liter engine was designed with a variety of heavy-duty vehicle applications in mind, including regional-haul truck/tractor, vocational and refuse.
Incentive values are: $10,000 for the 8.9L and $40,000 for the 11.9L.
Currently, incentives for Low NOx natural gas engines are designed to cover the incremental cost of a Low NOx natural gas engine relative to a baseline diesel engine. Incentives for Low NOx engines may be used in conjunction with other vehicle incentives (such as the California Energy Commission’s Vehicle Incentive Project or programs managed by regional air districts) which cover the incremental of a diesel engine to that of a conventional natural gas engine, as long funding for the incremental Low NOx portion is not duplicated.