The California Air Resources Board (ARB), in partnership with CALSTART, launched the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) in 2009 to accelerate the purchase of cleaner, more efficient trucks and buses in California. HVIP provides incentives for zero-emission and hybrid trucks and buses and low NOx natural gas engines.
HVIP is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investment projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. For more information, visit California Climate Investments.
Why do we need cleaner trucks and buses?
Trucks and buses produce disproportionately higher greenhouse gas (GHG) and air pollution emissions. New electric, hybrid, and natural gas trucks and buses can significantly reduce emissions.
Why do we need HVIP?
Cleaner, more efficient trucks are still a small fraction of overall sales. Auto manufacturers have commercialized plug-in cars - there are 200,000 plug-in cars on the streets of California. Truck manufacturers are still working to commercialize cleaner, more efficient trucks. Increased sales now will get us to a commercialized market faster and provide significant long-term climate and air pollution benefits.
The greatest barrier to purchasing cleaner trucks and buses is the increased price.
HVIP provides point-of-sale price reductions to purchasers. There's no waiting for a rebate check, no waiting to file a tax credit. HVIP works with trucks and bus dealers to directly provide price reductions to purchasers.
How can YOU participate? See how HVIP applies to you:
Are you a stakeholder interested in supporting a clean climate future for California?
Are you a fleet or vehicle owner interested in incentives for clean trucks and buses?
Are you a vendor or dealer interested in selling vehicles through the program?
Are you a manufacturer interested in qualifying medium- to heavy-duty vehicle zero-emission or hybrid vehicle technologies?
The HVIP Team is excited to provide you with the information you need to be successful and to promote clean transportation in California.
To see how much HVIP's vouchers cover and which vehicles are eligible, click here for the Eligible Vehicles page.
Contact Chase LeCroy for more information and to get on the HVIP email list.