The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has launched the third year of its Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) with $15 million in funding. CVRP promotes the purchase of zero-emission or plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles.
During the past two years, $11.1 million, including $2 million provided by the California Energy Commission, funded approximately 2,000 rebates. During the current fiscal year, the ARB allocated an additional $15 million to the CVRP, which will fund 6,000 to 8,000 rebates, depending on the mix of vehicles.
The program incentives are available for electric, plug-in hybrid electric, fuel cell vehicles and electric motorcycles. Rebates are dependent on vehicle type, model year and fuel technology and range from $900 to $2,500.
The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project is part of ARB’s Air Quality Improvement Program, established by AB 118 (2007, Nuñez), to reduce smog and diesel particulate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Through AB 118, ARB also funds the early introduction of heavy-duty hybrid and electric trucks, as well as demonstrations for advanced locomotive and hybrid construction equipment. Depending on revenues, the program has $30 million to $40 million per year in funding through 2015 for clean vehicle and equipment projects.