SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Air Resources Board on July 21 approved up to $40 million for the third year of funding to promote the purchase of next-generation clean cars, trucks and off-road equipment.
CARB directed staff to provide the following funding:
• $15 million to $21 million for continued funding of consumer rebates of up to $2,500 toward the purchase of zero-emission or plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles. (The state no longer has the funds for the $5,000 rebates that had been in place for the past several years.)
• $11 million to $16 million to continue providing vouchers for California businesses to buy lower-emitting and fuel-efficient hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses
• $2 million to $3 million toward promising locomotive, truck and bus technology demonstration projects needed for California to meet its long-term air quality goals.
This is the third year of the Air Quality Improvement Program, established by AB 118 (2007, Nunez). The program invests in new emission-reduction technologies. In its first two years, the program funded approximately 2,000 zero-emission passenger vehicles and over 1,000 hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses, totaling $58 million.
Funding for these programs is generated from expected revenues from smog abatement, vehicle and vessel registration fees.
A wait list has been established for zero-emission or plug-in hybrid passenger vehicle rebates to ensure that the additional rebates will be distributed fairly on a first-come, first-served basis in the fall, CARB said.
For more information on the program and how to apply for a voucher or rebate, click here.