Clean-Air Vehicles at a Fraction of the Price
The medium and heavy-duty vehicle market is transforming.
By slashing purchase costs, HVIP helps you be part of the transformation. HVIP’s streamlined approach means you see the discount immediately at the point of sale. In most cases, no scrappage and first come, first served. Dealers learn the voucher processing system, so there’s less paperwork for you.
How to Participate
Get in on base vehicle price breaks from $20,000 to $240,000, depending on the vehicle you purchase. Whether you operate one vehicle or hundreds, HVIP dealers are ready to work with you. Individual owner-operators, small businesses, corporate leaders, school districts, and municipal fleets are all eligible. Select a funding type below.
HVIP is open as of 10 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 to voucher requests for standard HVIP funds plus set-aside funds for specific vehicle categories. Please visit the Funding Updates page for the current funding status.
Choose the Vehicle
that Works for You
We've got what you need. The Vehicle Catalog features a variety of zero-emission and ePTO options from Class 3-8. Not sure where to start? Compare options based on your fleet's needs using the Total Cost of Ownership Estimator.
Find an Approved Dealer Near You
Participating dealers are listed alongside each vehicle in the Catalog. Each purchaser is limited to requesting 30 vouchers per calendar year, except for drayage fleets, which are each limited to 50 vouchers per calendar year. Starting in 2022, vouchers that are requested and redeemed in the same year will cease to count towards the fleet cap for the year. If funding is available, new voucher requests can be submitted for each redeemed voucher affiliated with FY21-22 funds. Also note, public school buses are not subject to fleet caps.
Complete a Purchase Order with Your Dealer
The incentive amount will be included on the PO as an immediate price reduction for you. You’ll pay the invoice minus the discount amount and the dealer will submit the voucher request. For more information on voucher modifiers and incentive amounts, check out the Funding Page.
You and the Dealer sign Terms and Condition Forms
You now have a new vehicle at a great price, with no need to wait for a rebate! There is also no scrappage necessary except for Public School Bus Set-Aside for Small and Medium Air Districts voucher requests.
Innovative Financing for Small Fleets
Innovative Small E-Fleets set-aside provided $23.6 million of pilot funding for small trucking fleets and independent owner-operators starting August 31. The ISEF set-aside has now been fully subscribed and voucher submissions are no longer being accepted. Voucher submissions that have been submitted beyond the available funds will be placed on a contingency list, which to be funded in the case of cancellations. Additional funding is anticipated to be available in 2023.
Although ISEF is fully subscribed, fleets can receive funding through Standard HVIP on a first-come, first-served basis.
Find the Right Offering for Your Needs
Once Provider Eligibility Applications are reviewed and approved, approved Providers are added to our Provider List below and will contain information on each of the available offerings as that information becomes available.
Small fleets will work with either an HVIP-approved dealer or provider to find an offering that meets their needs. A list of approved Providers will be made available as they become approved. If you do not find the right solution for your needs, contact the ISEF team for assistance.
Submitting Voucher Requests
Once a small fleet has chosen a Provider, that Provider will work with an HVIP-approved dealer and small fleet end-user. The dealer submits the voucher request on behalf of the small fleet, placing the order for the chosen vehicles (max 5 per purchaser) and submitting the voucher request. The small fleet will be required to sign a commitment to comply with all terms and conditions.
The ISEF set aside has now been fully subscribed and voucher submissions are no longer being accepted.
Once the vehicle is built and delivered, the dealer completes the voucher redemption form in coordination with the provider and small fleet purchaser.
|Provider||Vehicles||Type and/or Term||Contact||Description|
|BYD||6F, 6F Plus, 6R, 8R, 8TT||Purchase||Jason Shi||Electrical engineer and specialist provided for charger installation if it is required by customers.|
|SEA Electric||SEA M5 Straight Truck
SEA Ford F-59 EV (Class 5&6)
|Purchase||Bee Shiraz||Our SEA-Drive® 100% Electric Power System comes standard on our Class 5 – 6 Medium Duty Vehicles. AC & DC combo on-board charging. 150-mile range. 138kWh battery capacity. Mid-mounted battery packs for safety and dynamics.|
|Electric Vehicle Choice||Lightning FT3-86 Cargo Van, Lightning FT3-120 Cargo Van, Lightning FF5-160, Lightning G65-160, SEA M5 Straight Truck, SEA Ford F-59 EV (Class 5 & 6), Phoenix E450, Phoenix ZEUS Cargo, Phoenix ZEUS Utility, Phoenix ZEUS Truck, Motiv F-59 class 5 & 6||Purchase, Financing Available for 36-60 months||Christine Ostrander||EVC offers purchases of Class 3 – Class 8 zero emissions vehicles via HVIP ISEF with 36- or 60-month financing. Purchases include a Level 2 Charger at no cost along with a free quote for installation by our certified electricians. EVC includes battery health monitoring and repair as needed as a Certified Service Center giving EV customers priority on all service needs. All vehicles come with the manufacturers’ warranty package.|
|WattEV||Volvo VNRe ;
Nikola TRE ;
|Truck-as-a-Service, 12 month agreement||Salim Youssefzadeh||WattEV’s unique Truck-as-a-Service (TaaS) provides users all-inclusive access to heavy-duty (HD) battery electric trucks without the risk. Our monthly price includes maintenance, miles, refueling, registration, backup vehicle access, collision insurance, and access to the largest publicly accessible heavy-duty truck network in the U.S.|
|Purchase||Brendan Blomfield||Workhorse Group offers 100% Electric Class 4 Vehicles for a variety of industries. 150+mile range, 2 hour charging capabilities (AC & DC & Wireless DC), drone compatible. Up to 7,000 payload, 1000+ cubic ft. cargo*, 44+ MPGe, Real-Time Telematics (500+data points (accessed remotely) and low step vehicle entry.|
|Forum Mobility||Nikola TRE,
|Truck-as-a-Service, 60 month agreement||Robert Kelly||Forum is an electric truck and charging provider, serving the drayage industry and heavy-duty fleets. Forum offers competitive leasing for new zero-emission electric trucks that includes charging and servicing, all for a fixed rate with no up-front cost. Forum’s service includes access to our network of depots for safe and secure daytime and over-night charging. Forum’s charging depots can be accessed along drayage routes and close to distribution centers in Northern and Southern California.|
|Logan Andrew||Offers included but not limited to
– Purchase: Own with loans in a variety of structures & down payment amounts.
– Lease: Limited risk approach with an option to walk away at the end of term.
– Vehicle as a service: Complete finance solution, which includes the electric vehicle, all maintenance, roadside assistance, battery monitoring, and insurance options.
|Phoenix Electric Sales||Phoenix Motorcars E450 Cargo Truck, Flatbed & Utility Truck||Purchase or Lease||Bang Yong Lo||Phoenix Motorcars via HVIP ISEF is offering customers 36 month lease or a purchase with 60 month financing.|
|Lightning eMotors||Lightning eMotors FT3 Panel Van,
Lightning Systems FE4-129 Truck
|Purchase||Marcie Willard||Lightning eMotors offers a 5 year, 60,000 mile warranty on the powertrain and batteries and Ford offers the same on their chassis. Our Insights telematics can provide predictive maintenance to promote uptime. We also offer onsite service often same day or next day.|
|Zeem Solutions||SEA M5 EV,
GreenPower EV Star Cargo Van,
Xos SV Truck,
BrightDrop EV600 Delivery Vehicle,
Volvo VNRe Tractor Truck,
Nikola TRE Tractor Truck,
|Truck-as-a-Service||Bonnie Trowbridge||Zeem Solutions is helping Los Angeles fleets take all the guesswork out of your decision to electrify your Class 4 to Class 8 vehicles by utilizing Zeem’s turnkey EV Fleet-as-a-Service that provides fleets one flat monthly price—inclusive of the vehicle lease, charging (fueling), service, and maintenance—for less than the price of operating a diesel vehicle. EV Fleet-as-a-Service customers gain access to Zeem’s full-service EV depot located near LAX airport, with nearly 100 electric vehicles available onsite and ready to lease.|
|Peterson Trucks, Inc.||International eMV||Purchase||Nicholas Will||Peterson Trucks understands the needs of our local communities – we drive the same roads you do! Assisting you down this road of moving to non-diesel alternatives is what we are here for. We are fully backed by our OEM, Navistar, and the NEXT eMobility team to get a truck that meets your routes and needs and to submit HVIP applications and offer grant support. Customers depend on Peterson Trucks at all our California dealer locations to keep their trucks on the road, now you can too by joining us in this in this shift to EV.|
|Green Commuter, Inc.||Navistar Class 6 International MV Electric Truck
GreenPower EVStar Cargo van 22′
Nikola TRE Tractor Truck
|Rental and Lease||Naveed Eghterafi||Green Commuter offers a variety of pricing, down payment options, and terms, for a range of electric truck rental options. Partnered with a ChargePoint Operator to allow fleet operator access CPO’s EV charger network or for CPO to install infrastructure at fleet’s site at no cost to fleet owner.|
|Purchase||William Blanchard||Lion’s Small Fleet Offering includes leases, loans, and straight purchases for the Lion6, Lion8P, Lion8T, and Lion8 ASL. Our solutions can completely eliminate upfront capital requirements, meaning you can begin your transition to a zero-emission fleet without a costly initial investment. Terms are adjustable and can be up to 7 years. Lion also provides charging infrastructure solutions with our LionEnergy team. This team of infrastructure experts helps fleets design, procure, and plan custom charging solutions, combining chargers with electrical infrastructure such as transformers and distribution, demand management strategies, and smart charging capabilities.|
|Quinn Power Systems||Nikola Tre BEV Class 8 Semi Truck||Lease||Kaelen McCrane||Quinn CAT Power Systems is excited to offer the 650HP, 350MI Nikola Class 8 Tre BEV Semi Truck & DC Fast charging infrastructure at our customer’s yard in one packaged lease payment. Available for delivery in 2-3 weeks ARO. Our price includes the truck, charger, initial driver training, planned maintenance, full warranty coverage, customer site & utility power evaluations for a combined lease payment. We can design a BEV Truck and Charging lease based on your fleet needs (duration/annual mileage required) and utility available onsite.|
|Tom’s Truck Center Leasing and Rentals||Greenpower EV Star Cargo Van,
Greenpower EV Star Box Truck
|Jennifer Luis||Rent-to-own is focused on breaking down the barrier between small fleets and EVs due to a lack of experience and knowledge of EVs. Many fleets are hesitant to purchase an electric truck without first experiencing how they perform, and how they will provide benefit and ROI. Tom’s Truck Center Leasing and Rentals will provide an electric vehicle fleet where customers can demo (daily/weekly/monthly) an EV to experience the features, advantages and benefits. Their cost to rent an EV will be below the cost to rent a diesel truck. This, coupled with no cost to charge and no cost for maintenance, product insurance as well as bumper to bumper product warranty will be included. We intend to assist the customer in obtaining an HVIP voucher so they can purchase an EV once they see the benefits, and overcome range/charge anxiety.|
|Weship, LLC||GreenPower EVStar Cargo Van||Truck-as-a-Service||Gustavo Occhiuzzo||GreenPower EVStar cargo van offered on monthly subscription for up to 36 months, including electricity, maintenance and normal wear and tear repairs. Provider partners with a ChargePoint Operator to provide access to EV chargers across the State of California or to install EV chargers on location to support the EV fleet.|
|EV Charging Solutions, Inc.||GreenPower EVStar Cargo Van||Truck-as-a-Service||Ian Vishnevsky||All services included|
|TCI Transportation||GreenPower EV Star Cargo Van||Lease and Rental||John Sappington||“Electric Truck lease or rental at 50% of Diesel”. Truck lease or daily rental offering with support for charger & zero down. Fixed monthly lease price. The goal is to ensure a financial offer that will be a benefit for the fleet below a diesel comparison vehicle. EV driver proficiency and technical training will be incorporated into the fleet education.|
|Xos Services, Inc.||Xos SV Battery Electric Vehicle||Purchase or Lease||Dominique Follico||Xos Services small fleet offering includes leases, loans, and purchases of the Xos SV. Xos provides turnkey charging infrastructure solutions directly to customers through our internal Xos Energy Services team.|
|Hyzon Motors||Freightliner Cascadia Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle||Purchase||Peter Tawil||The Hyzon Small Fleet Program Includes: Extended warranty of 5 years or 500,000 miles Extended service and maintenance of 5 years or 500,000 miles 5 year fixed hydrogen fuel price contract 1 year local towing.|
|Velocity Truck Centers||Freightliner eCascadia||Purchase, opportunity for lease in the future||Robert Carrick||The Freightliner eCascadia is the flagship electric tractor on a class 8 platform for use cases such as drayage, regional delivery, last mile, and other short routes in urban environments. Velocity Truck Centers advises customers on their entire electric ecosystem, including identifying grant opportunities, infrastructure installations, and general operations. Velocity benefits from their own experience in operating electric vehicles as well as charging infrastructure at multiple dealerships today.|
|GreenPower Motor Company||GREENPOWER EV STAR VAN,
EV STAR CARGO PLUS
|Purchase||Lisa McGhee||SMALL TRUCK FLEETS WILL OWN AT ZERO DOWN & BE 100% ZEV COMPLIANT. This will be a turn-key ownership solution with 36 months of the financing included at a fixed price (subject to credit profile). You get an Electric Van (25′) + charger at zero down. This offer saves you 15% over the standard 25′ cargo unit. This offer includes a Class-4 EV Van with ~150 miles range and up to *600 cubic feet of cargo capacity and *5,000 lbs. of payload, the vehicle has both fast and level-2 charging, your offer includes a level-2 charger, warranty, shipping (limited for vehicle), EV mobile auto services support, EV driver training, and education with access to EV resources to ensure a seamless and successful EV experience. This program will immediately provide the fleet with a Zero Emission compliant vehicle and removes all barriers to ownership. * varies based on vehicle options|
|MHC Kenworth||Kenworth T680E||Purchase||Rick Bowen||Truck OEM – Kenworth, model – T680E tandem axle day cab|
|Pioneer Power Mobility||GreenPower Cargo +, Greenpower Star Cargo Van, GreenPower Straight Truck||Rental||Geo Murickan|
|The Ford Store Morgan Hill||Ford T350 cutaway, cargo & cab, Motiv E-450 utility, box & van, Motiv F59 Class 5 & 6||Purchase or Lease||Mark Wexler||We are a franchised Ford dealership. We are currently an approved HVIP dealer connected with Motiv Power Systems as an EV conversion OEM. Chargers are included with purchase.|
|Rush Truck Center||Peterbuilt 579EV
|Purchase||Colter Souser||Rush Truck Centers offers the 579EV and 220EV and charging stations to small fleets for purchase under the ISEF Program.|
|Riverview International Trucks||International EMV||Rental||Eric Bassett||Riverview Idealease will own and operate a 2022 model International EMV 24′ box truck with liftgate and we will rent the truck to perspective buyers in the region that want to test and look at the electric truck offering.|
|Penske Truck Leasing||eCascadia- FTL (Class 8), eM2- FTL (Class 6 and Class 7), VNRe- VOL (Class 8), Ford eTransit (Class 2)||Lease and rental||Elizabeth Albertson||Penske offers competitive lease and rental options for small fleets with a variety of charging solutions.|
FY22-23 HVIP Public School Bus Set-Aside & EnergIIZE – Joint Application
The HVIP Public School Bus Set-Aside & EnergIIZE will open a joint application on June 20th, 2023, at 10am (PT). The application will remain open until September 29th, 2023, at 5pm (PT). The link to apply will be available here.
A total of $150 million is allocated for the 22-23 fiscal year for the replacement of old internal combustion engine (ICE) school buses with new zero-emission school buses and complementary charging infrastructure. Recipients will be eligible for two awards, one through the HVIP Public School Bus Set-Aside for new zero-emission school bus(es) and one through EnergIIZE for the charging infrastructure and construction costs.
FY22-23 How to Prepare for Application
The California Electric School Bus Working Group (CAESBWG) will host a Purchaser Workshop for eligible applicants interested in learning more about how to apply for funding. The Purchaser Workshop will be June 7th, 2023, at 11am (PT).
Eligible applicants interested in applying should be prepared to provide the following at time of application:
1. Letter of Intent
2. A copy of the DMV registration for each old school bus included on application
3. Preliminary information regarding existing and planned charging infrastructure
FY22-23 Eligibility & Participation
Eligible applicants include Public School Districts, Public Charter Schools, Joint Power Authorities, County Offices of Education, and the Division of State Special Schools located in small and medium air districts. Applicants are required to serve students within the K-12 grade levels.
Participation in the Public School Bus Set-Aside funding requires the scrappage of an old school bus for each new school bus that is awarded. The old school bus requirements are as follows: the chassis must be a 2010 model or older, applicant owned, CHP certified and have a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 14,000 pounds. The old school bus can be any internal combustion engine using any fuel type.
FY22-23 Applicant Priority Groups
Applicant Priority Groups:
1. Located in a small air district and a Disadvantaged or Low Income Community
If additional funding remains after the first priority group:
2. Located in a small air district, but not a Disadvantaged or Low Income Community
3. Located in a medium air district and a Disadvantaged or Low Income Community
4. Located in a medium air district, but not a Disadvantaged or Low Income Community
Note: If funding is available after all Priority Group 1 applications are reviewed, funding for Priority Groups 2-4 will be randomized among each respective Priority Group.
FY22-23 (Year 2) Resources
FAQs: Located at the bottom of this webpage.
FY21-22 (Year 1) Resources
The 90-day application window for the FY21-22 Public School Bus Set-Aside funding opened on March 30, 2022, and closed on June 28, 2022. Below are available resources for participants that applied and were selected for funding in FY21-22.
FY 22-23 Public School Bus Set-Aside - Maximum Voucher Amounts
|School Bus Type||Without a wheelchair lift||With a wheelchair lift|
HVIP is accepting voucher requests for drayage trucks through Standard HVIP since drayage set-aside funds have been fully subscribed.
Drayage funds are for class 8 tractors performing drayage operations.
Find an Approved Dealer Near You
Participating dealers are listed alongside each vehicle in the Catalog. Each purchaser is limited to requesting 30 vouchers per calendar year, except for drayage fleets, which are each limited to 50 vouchers per calendar year.
Determine if You Qualify for Additional Incentives
The Drayage Truck Early Adopter incentive is $150,000 and will remain this incentive amount through December 31, 2022. Purchasers must submit a copy of their permission to enter a port or railyard to [email protected] within 30 calendar days of the voucher request. Acceptable documentation includes Uniform Intermodal Interchange and Facilities Access Agreement UIIA Authorization, concession agreements, or other forms of drayage operations permissions.
Complete Your Purchase Order with Your Dealer
The incentive amount will be included on the PO as an immediate price reduction for you. You’ll pay the invoice minus the discount amount and the dealer will submit the voucher request.
You and the Dealer sign Terms and Condition Forms
You now have a new vehicle at a great price, with no need to scrap a vehicle or wait for a rebate!
Public Transit Bus Set-Aside
The Public Transit Set-Aside is for transit buses operated by or on behalf of a city or county government; a transportation district/transit district; or a public agency, including paratransit and microtransit services.
FY22-23 Set-Aside Updates
Effective 4/3/2023, a Letter of Intent may be submitted with a voucher request in place of a Purchase Order for purchasers who are transit agencies. Transit vouchers will also receive an extended redemption timeline of 36 months.
The details of this update is contingent upon the FY22-23 Implementation Manual (IM) and subject to change until the IM’s publication.
Letter of Intent
A Letter of Intent (LOI) is permitted for transit agencies in lieu of a purchase order at the point of voucher request submission, starting 4/3/2023. The date of signature on the LOI may be no earlier than January 1, 2023. A purchase order (or other binding agreement) will be required within 6 months of submission, otherwise the voucher requests will be cancelled.
Purchase orders must be dated March 30, 2022 or later.
Extended Redemption Timeline
The redemption requirement is extended from 18 months to 36 months for transit vouchers.
The 36-month lifetime of a voucher will retroactively apply to the original voucher submission date of vouchers submitted prior to April 3, 2023.
How Much Money
is Available per Vehicle?
The Vehicle Catalog lets you know the incentive amount for each vehicle. The Catalog only publishes the incentive amount per vehicle; the total cost of the vehicle will be determined between you and your dealer and noted in your Purchase Order. Also, Funding Tables are published in each edition of the Implementation Manual to further explain the amounts available for each specific technology and vehicle type.
The Disadvantaged Communities (DAC) incentive is 15% and is available only for vehicles domiciled in the following designated map areas, that are purchased or leased by a public or private small fleet with 10 or fewer trucks or buses, and less than $50 million in annual revenue for private fleets. There is no revenue cap for public entities. The increased voucher enhancement is also available for ANY purchase or lease by a California Native American tribal government. 1) Disadvantaged Communities (orange area on map legend) 2) Disadvantaged and Low-Income Communities (pink area on map legend) 3) Low Income Communities within ½ mile of a Disadvantaged Community (yellow area on map legend) and 4) Low Income Households within ½ mile of a Disadvantaged Community (green striped area on map legend)
Get started by finding
the right vehicle for you
- Infrastructure Resources
- Purchaser/Lessee Terms and Conditions
- Voucher Redemption Checklist
- ePTO Update
- Low NOx and RNG Requirement Overview ?Effective October 25, 2019, fleets that receive HVIP incentives for natural gas engines must use 100% California-produced Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) for a minimum of three years.
- EVSE Redemption Guidance
- Carl Moyer On-Road Grant Calculator
- Truck Stop!
- Financing and Leasing Companies
Our Total Cost of Ownership Estimator helps purchasers assess the costs of near- and zero-emission options compared to similar conventionally-fueled vehicles. Enter details about your fleet, duty cycle, and financial information, or use pre-set data to see an estimated payback period and itemized costs over the service life of both vehicles.
The Funding Finder Tool helps you navigate funding options beyond HVIP that support clean vehicles and the infrastructure to help you deploy them.
Find application instructions and contact information from state agencies, air districts, and major utilities – all in one place.
Check New Model
Check out the Zero-Emission Technology Inventory (ZETI) tool to compare specs between different zero-emission vehicles that are out in the market or will be out in the market soon!
Watch HVIP Videos
HVIP’s video library is your resource to transition to zero emissions! See vehicle videos, webinars on project updates, and much more. Check out our video library today!
Fleets / purchasers do not apply for HVIP vouchers directly. HVIP-eligible dealers are responsible for securing HVIP voucher funding through the online Voucher Processing Center. A purchaser should connect with an HVIP-approved dealer to acquire their vehicle and the dealer will take it from there to acquire the voucher. If you have a trusted dealer relationship or already have a vehicle in mind, connect us with your dealer and we can help them become HVIP-eligible.
If you are a school district in a small- or medium-sized air district, the FY21-22 School Bus Set-Aside has been fully subscribed. School buses are now being funded with standard HVIP funds.
Yes, there are different requirements depending on fleet size, effective January 1, 2023, including flexibility for stacking with other state incentive programs, exceptions to the manufacturer soft rolling cap, reserved funds, bulk purchase requirements, and voucher adjustments. Additional fleet size requirements will take effect starting January 1, 2024. See the Funding Updates page and HVIP FY22-23 Policy Changes and Funding announcement for more details.
For ISEF, fleets must contain 20 or fewer trucking operating in California and less than $15 million in annual revenue. Please check Appendix F for more details on eligibility requirements.
Yes. Fleets may request up to 30 vouchers per calendar year. The cap for drayage fleets is set at 50 voucher requests per year. Requests that are redeemed within the same year they are requested do not count against the cap.
HVIP does not require scrappage of an old vehicle except for the Public School Bus Set Aside for Small and Medium Air Districts and does not have any requirements about what happens to replaced vehicles. For more information about truck replacement, visit CARB’s One Stop Truck site.
HVIP eligible vehicles can be found in our Eligible Catalog. You can filter and search by vehicle type, manufacturer, vehicle size, and more. Incentive amounts per vehicle are the discount that a purchaser would receive. To know what the TOTAL price of the vehicle will be, contact one of our approved dealers. Our approved dealers will work out a price with you and then on your purchase order, there will be the HVIP incentive amount subtracted from the price that was negotiated.
The HVIP vehicle catalog only publishes the incentive amount per vehicle; the total cost of the vehicle will be determined between you and your dealer and noted in your Purchase Order.
HVIP was created to reduce price barriers, enabling fleets to adopt more clean heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Created by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in 2009, HVIP provides point-of-sale discount vouchers that reduce the purchase cost of vehicles operated in the State of California. HVIP vouchers make zero-emission and Low NOx buses and trucks as affordable as their traditional fossil-fueled counterparts at point of sale and reduce prices for medium- and heavy-duty hybrid vehicles. Funded vehicles include parcel, beverage, and food-distribution trucks, transit buses, shuttle buses, and more.
The goal of HVIP is to accelerate and facilitate the adoption of low-emitting hybrid, low NOx, and zero-emission trucks and buses. These vehicles are relatively new technologies and are therefore more expensive than traditional vehicles, especially in the early market years when production volumes are low. CARB recognizes that these vehicles have the proven ability to reduce criteria and greenhouse gas (GHG) pollutants in California and aims to accelerate the penetration of these cleaner vehicles to help meet state clean air regulations and climate change goals. HVIP is part of the California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that invests Cap and Trade dollars.
For standard HVIP and the drayage and transit set-asides, vouchers are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis unless a randomization process is needed if funds are subscribed within the first 24 hours that HVIP is open only.
The Public School Bus Set-Aside for Small and Medium Air Districts has different rules; please contact [email protected] respectively.
Funding status is confirmed shortly after submission with no uncertainty regarding securing funding, and no lengthy application or bid process. HVIP is a streamlined funding mechanism that is set up for ease of use by end-users. Dealers, not purchasers, are responsible for securing HVIP funding – fleet owners do not need to gain an understanding of the voucher process to receive the full benefits of HVIP funding. A list of participating dealers can be found in the HVIP Eligible Vehicles Catalog.
Sign up for the California HVIP e-mail list by filling out the form: Contact Us.
Please email [email protected] or call the HVIP toll-free hotline at 888-457-HVIP.
After the first 24 hours of HVIP opening, the Available Funding table on the website lists how much money has been requested. This reflects the funds based on the vouchers requested to-date as long as funds remain. All voucher participants will be notified of which funding pots are open through the website, email, and VPC notifications.
All HVIP-eligible vehicles can be found in the clean vehicle catalog. If you think a vehicle is eligible, but do not see it listed, please send an email to [email protected].
CARB recognizes that battery size is the largest determinant of battery-electric vehicle cost, therefore HVIP has simplified the voucher tables to one single voucher table based on vehicle weight rating. The incentive amounts are accompanied by voucher modifiers to support unique fleets (public transit and school districts) as well as costlier vehicle bodies.
Yes, however the ability to combine funding sources may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
Generally, local and federal funds can be stacked with HVIP, while stacking HVIP with state-funded incentives is NOT permitted, except for public transit buses or, effective 1/1/23, fleets size 10 vehicles and smaller if the other program allows stacking, each incentive program is not paying for the same incremental cost, and the non-HVIP incentive program is not required to generate greenhouse gas emission reductions. This includes stacking with other California Climate Investment programs.
For public transit buses or fleets size 10 vehicles and smaller, HVIP will fund the remaining cost up to the maximum voucher amount after the other incentives have been applied at their maximum allowable amounts.
The total voucher amount (base incentive plus voucher enhancements), plus all other eligible public incentives, may not exceed 90 percent of the total vehicle cost for purchases by private entities, and 100% for purchases by public entities.
No, they are not. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project provides incentives for the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission vehicles, including electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and fuel cell vehicles.
A DAC is a Census-designated area that is especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because of socioeconomic and geographic factors. HVIP provides increased incentives for fleets domiciled within disadvantaged communities. The value of this “plus up” varies by vehicle type and increases for larger vehicles, and there are other requirements as listed in the “Community Specific Incentive” space on this page.
Effective 4/3/23, HVIP defines DAC eligibility as a vehicle domicile address in any of the following areas of the map at https://webmaps.arb.ca.gov/PriorityPopulations/:
- Disadvantaged Communities (orange area on map legend)
- Disadvantaged and Low Income Communities (pink area on map legend)
- Low Income Communities within ½ mile of a Disadvantaged Community (yellow area on map legend) and
- Low Income Households within ½ mile of a Disadvantaged Community (green striped area on map legend)
Answers to frequently asked questions for Fiscal Year 2021-22 can be found in the FY21-22 Implementation FAQs.
The HVIP Public School Bus Set-Aside & EnergIIZE – Joint Application will open on June 20th, 2023, at 10:00am (PT) and remain open until September 29, 2023, at 5:00pm (PT). The link to apply will be available on the HVIP Purchasers page: https://californiahvip.org/purchasers/#SchoolBus. Applicants will find the application link on Card #1 titled, “FY22-23 HVIP Public School Bus Set-Aside & EnergIIZE – Joint Application.”
The HVIP Public School Bus Set-Aside requires that the eligible applicant/purchaser complete the initial application (Application Part A).
Eligible applicants interested in applying should be prepared to provide the following:
- Letter of Intent
- A copy of the DMV registration for each old school bus included on application
- Preliminary information regarding existing and planned charging infrastructure
A Letter of Intent is required to submit Application Part A. A Letter of Intent template can be found here: Letter of Intent. The Letter of Intent must be signed by an authorized applicant representative and state the applicant’s intent to purchase zero-emission school bus(es).
Public school districts in California that own their own school buses are eligible to participate in the Public School Bus Set‐Aside. This includes public school districts that own their school buses but contract with a County Office of Education or private contractor for maintenance and operations. Where two or more public school districts have formed a Joint Powers Authority (JPA), and the JPA holds ownership of the school buses, the JPA is eligible to participate. Public charter schools that own their own school buses and County Offices of Education that own their own school buses are also eligible to participate.
All applicants must serve students within the K-12th grade levels.
Eligible applicants include:
- California Public School Districts
- California Public Charter Schools, as listed at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/si/cs/
- California Joint Power Authorities (JPAs)
- California County Offices of Education (COEs)
- Division of State Special Schools of the California Department of Education
Private schools are not eligible applicants.
Applicants will be prioritized according to the size of the air district they are located in and whether they are located in a Disadvantaged Community (DAC) or a Low-Income Community (LIC). All applicants will be placed into a Priority Group. The Priority Groups are as follows:
- Priority Group 1 – Applicants located in a small-sized air district and in a DAC or a LIC
- Priority Group 2 – Applicants located in a small-sized air district, not in a DAC or a LIC
- Priority Group 3 – Applicants located in a medium-sized air district and in a DAC or a LIC
- Priority Group 4 – Applicants located in a medium-sized air district, not in a DAC or a LIC
Prior to the close of the initial application window, funds will be prioritized first to applicants in Priority Group 1, based on timestamp of Application Part A. After the close of the initial application window, if funding is available after all Priority Group 1 applications are reviewed, funding for Priority Groups 2-4 will be randomized among each respective Priority Group.
A list of school districts that meet the DAC or LIC priority criteria for the HVIP Public School Set-Aside can be found at https://californiahvip.org/purchasers/#SchoolBus. The list was created by CALSTART to help identify school districts that meet DAC and LIC priority criteria for the HVIP Public School Bus Set-Aside.
The list excludes other eligible applicant types (California Joint Power Authorities (JPAs), Division of State Special Schools and California County Offices of Education). If you do not see your school district or organization listed and believe your service area overlaps with the boundaries of a DAC or LIC, please contact [email protected].
If the Public School Bus Set-Aside is oversubscribed during the initial application window, funding will be assigned using a randomization process to manage demand and create a waitlist. All applications in Priority Groups 2 through 4 will be randomized as needed and based on demand. Eligible applications will be assigned their place in the queue for funding using a random-number generator, with the caveat that all applications will be randomized within their respective Priority Groups.
The process of applying the randomization will be conducted by the Grantee and witnessed by CARB staff. The process will be video recorded, and the recording will be available upon request.
The old school bus can be any internal combustion engine using any fuel type. The following are the old school bus eligibility requirements:
- The school bus chassis must be a 2010 model year or older. The school bus chassis age is verified by the model year listed on the DMV Registration Form.
- The school bus must be applicant owned. The school bus cannot have a lienholder listed on the DMV Registration Form.
- The school bus must have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 pounds. School bus(es) with a GVWR of exactly 14,000 pounds or less than 14,000 pounds are not eligible.
- The school bus must have a current California Highway Patrol Safety Certification (CHP 292 or equivalent).
- The diesel-fueled school bus(es) must be compliant with the California Truck and Bus Regulation in order to receive a full voucher amount. In cases where the old school bus is not compliant, a $20,000 voucher deduction will be applied.
A lienholder will not prevent an eligible applicant from applying, however it can slow down the approval process significantly and, in some cases, can even prevent an applicant from receiving funding. If possible, it is best to remove lienholders before applying. Removing the lienholder can be a time-consuming process. Please refer to the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles website to learn more.
The old school bus(es) is required to be California Highway Patrol Safety Certified (CHP 292 or equivalent) at the time of Application Part A and remain certified until Terms and Conditions (funding contract) have been fully executed.
It is imperative to the success of your project to provide timely responses to the HVIP Public School Bus and EnergIIZE Teams. The quicker applicants can resolve questions and/or document corrections, the quicker projects can move forward. Applicant correspondence from the HVIP Public School Bus Team can be sent from the HVIP Voucher Processing Center ([email protected]) or CALSTART School Bus Team ([email protected]). Please make sure to add these contacts to your email to ensure you do not miss any correspondence.
If at any stage in the Public School Bus Set-Aside application or funding process, an applicant ceases to respond to CARB or its administrators regarding missed deadlines, for a period beyond 30 days, funding may be cancelled and reallocated to another applicant.
Eligible applicants who apply for the HVIP Public School Bus Set-Aside & EnergIIZE – Joint Application will be eligible for two awards, one through the HVIP Public School Bus Set-Aside for new zero-emission school bus(es) and one through EnergIIZE for the charging infrastructure and construction costs.