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CARB reopens HVIP incentives for clean trucks and buses; $165M available

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and CALSTART announced the reopening of the popular Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) to new voucher requests. The 2021 reopening will make available $165 million to California-based businesses that want to transform their fleets with new, zero-emission and near-zero-emission clean vehicles.

This year HVIP will be implemented in waves, allowing the opportunity for more fleets to participate, especially smaller fleets. Half of the funds will be released now. The remaining funds will be made available two months from now, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 10 August. Class 8 trucks performing drayage operations, as well as vehicles purchased by public agencies, will be exempt from this pause.

This exemption is particularly important to CARB’s Project 800 initiative. Project 800 aims to support the deployment of zero-emission trucks serving California ports by setting a goal of 800 zero-emission drayage truck orders in 2021.

Since its launch, HVIP has:

  • Provided more than $400 million through 2020, supporting 1,400+ participating fleet purchasers.

  • Helped deploy more than 7,000 clean vehicles.

  • Successfully leveraged more than $2 billion in additional dollars of other public and private spending toward these purchases—more than $4 for every $1 of HVIP investment.

Launched by CARB in 2009, HVIP is the earliest model in the US to demonstrate the function, flexibility, and effectiveness of first-come first-served incentives that reduce the incremental cost of commercial vehicles. The project is administered by CALSTART, a national clean transportation nonprofit consortium, on behalf of CARB.

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