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.

Provider Directory

Fleets participating in ISEF have two options:

  1. Standard purchases, all HVIP dealers (not just those listed below) can request ISEF funding for their small fleet customers of vehicles located in the HVIP eligible vehicle catalog.
  2. Innovative Solution Providers are listed below, these companies offer options which are not typically offered in HVIP like Truck-as-a-service, short term rentals & leases.

Fleets looking for guidance, please contact Cal Fleet Advisor

Dealers and provider questions can be directed to [email protected].

Provider eligibility application is open year round, only required for Innovative Solution Providers, no longer required for HVIP dealers.

Provider Dealer Vehicles Type Contact Description
Breathe Easy Electric BrightDrop Greater Los Angeles
Lightning eMotors
ZEV4Box Truck
Finance Jitinder Singh Discover Breathe Easy Electric: Your trusted partner in California’s commercial EV realm. We guide fleet operators through seamless EV acquisitions, tapping into incentives and ensuring a smooth transition. Our end-to-end support covers data management, driver training, and efficient charging, all aimed at cutting operational costs. With Breathe Easy Electric, you’re never alone on your journey towards a sustainable fleet future.
Crown Motors LLC Crown Motors LLC Ford Transit T-350 BEV Lease Bill Dawson Crown Motors offers the complete lineup of Transit BEV vans. We are a dealer who looks at the complete electric vehicle experience with an emphasis on viability, charging strategy, and financing.
EcoChargeX LLC TEC of California, Inc Volvo VNRe Battery Electric Truck BAAS and TAAS Yong Shu EcoChargeX offers a Mobile as a Service (MaaS) platform with autonomous battery swapping and rapid exchange capabilities. We provide CAAS, BAAS, and TAAS solutions to meet our customers’ needs.
Einride Inc BYD Motors BYD 8TT Battery Electric Truck TAAS Shahrukh Ahmed Switch to sustainable freight without complexity or costly overhead investments. Einride handles all facets of electrification including trucks, charging hardware with installation, operational support, vehicle uptime guarantees, all vehicle maintenance with applicable warranty claims, and our software platform through a monthly as-a-service model.
Electus Energy Corp Tom’s Truck Center Nikola Tre FCEV TAAS Preston Hayes The Electus all inclusive (truck + maintenance + fuel) TAAS model allows you to get behind the wheel of a new fuel cell electric truck without an upfront investment. Eligible customers can take delivery of a truck as early as January 2024 and pay-as-they-go on a $-per-mile basis for as long as they would like (subject to a minimum 6 month commitment). Fuel is included during the initial TAAS term and customers will also have a long-term membership to Electus’ hydrogen fueling network, which is expanding real-time and will provide members preferred hydrogen fuel pricing across California.
Forum Mobility TEC Equipment, Volvo
Tom’s Truck Center, Nikola, VVG, Kenworth, BYD, Rush Enterprises
Nikola TRE,
Volvo VNRe,
eCascadia- FTL (Class 8),
Truck-as-a-Service 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.
Gateway EV Fleets Xos
Golden Gate Truck Center
Daimler-Freightliner / FCCC MT50e
BrightDrop Zevo 600
TAAS Bruce Pflaum Gateway is an innovative electric vehicle leasing and charging company, dedicated to empowering small and medium fleet owners with efficient and cost-effective operations. By providing cutting-edge electric vehicle truck leasing on long-term contracts, fleet owners can streamline operations while reducing costs. Gateway provides comprehensive charging solutions to ensure vehicles are always powered, maximizing productivity and driving sustainability.
Green Commuter Brightdrop Brightdrop ZEVO 400AWD Rental Naveed Eghterafi We are offering a long term/flexible rental option for small fleets who want to try an electric medium duty shuttle.
Mitra EV, Inc BrightDrop Greater Los Angeles Brightdrop Zevo 600 Rental/TAAS Galina Russel Mitra EV offers innovative solutions for fleet operators to shift to commercial electric vehicles. Our comprehensive transportation-as-a-service (TaaS) package allows customers to enjoy instant savings while avoiding steep initial expenses.
Golden Gate Truck Center / California Truck Leasing Golden Gate Truck Center Freightliner, eCascadia, Em2, Mt50e Rental, TAAS, Lease Ernesto Contreras Golden Gate Truck Center / California Truck Leasing offers competitive lease and rental options for small fleets with a variety of charging solutions.
Lodon Lightning eMotors
Gibbs Int Inc
Brightdrop Greater Los Angeles
Lightning ZE4 with 16′ Box*

International eMV607 SBA (MV60E)with 24′ Box*

GM BrighDrop Zevo eAWD400*

TAAS William Cordray Lodon provides Owners and operators the ability to purchase EVs with refrigeration electrification without sacrificing range, and can build on premise DCFC systems to take advantage of the lowest electricity rates. MDHD-EV+RE with ISEF offers cost competitive purchase or finance pricing for ICE alternatives and DCFC incentivized infrastructure is paid back for with 2-3 yr terms through the additional fuel savings and revenue stream realized by new DCFC charging station(s).
Mitra EV, Inc BrightDrop Greater Los Angeles Brightdrop Zevo 600 Rental/TAAS Galina Russel Mitra EV offers innovative solutions for fleet operators to shift to commercial electric vehicles. Our comprehensive transportation-as-a-service (TaaS) package allows customers to enjoy instant savings while avoiding steep initial expenses.
Pape Kenworth San Leandro Kenworth T680E K270E K370E Lease & rental Luis Calderon The Kenworth T680E helps you achieve your sustainability objectives, while leveraging the excellent performance, reliability and cab comfort of our classic T680 on-highway model. The zero emission Kenworth T680E has an estimated operating range of 150 miles, depending on application.
As you look for ways to meet increasingly stringent urban restrictions on noise and emissions, we have a solution: Kenworth K270E Class 6 and K370E Class 7 battery-electric trucks. These popular – and proven – platforms combine fully-integrated, state-of-the-art electric powertrains with superior visibility, maneuverability and driver comfort.
Penske Truck Leasing FTL and VOL  eCascadia- FTL (Class 8)
eM2- FTL (Class 6 and Class 7)
VNRe- VOL (Class 8)
Lease & rental Elizabeth Albertson Penske offers competitive lease and rental options for small fleets with a variety of charging solutions.
Roundtrip EV Solutions Inc. BYD
Dobbs Truck Center
Velocity Truck Centers
Battle LET Class 8, Battle LNT Class 6/7, BYD 8R Class 8, BYD 6R Class 6, Peterbilt 520EV Class 8 TAAS Sunil Kurien Roundtrip EV Solutions (REVS) provides electric trucks as a service for the refuse industry. We cater to small and medium sized haulers, municipalities and large corporate fleets and help them transition their fleets to electric. REVS provides the electric truck, the charger, the infrastructure, maintenance and repair, a customized refuse specific portal and other value-added services.
Ryder Truck Rental, Inc Brightdrop Greater Los Angeles
Midway Ford Truck Center
BrightDrop ZEVO 600 Battery Electric Vehicle, Class 3
BrightDrop ZEVO 600 Battery Electric Vehicle, Class 2b
Freightliner eCascadia
Freightliner eM2
Ford T350 Van 2WD
Lease Julia Montgomery Ryder offers a comprehensive fleet solution that navigates the electric vehicle (EV) landscape for you and provides electrification advisors, vehicles, chargers, telematics, and maintenance all for one lease price, from one point of contact.
Saniset LLC Greater LA BrightDrop 2024 BrightDrop ZEVO 600 AWD Finance Steve Yandrich Saniset Fleet is dedicated to pushing practices that make it easier for the widespread adoption of innovative technology across all sectors in order to counter the threats to the economy, public health, and national security posed by America’s reliance on fossil fuels.
We provide client consultation services regarding property & off-road specific electric commercial vehicles, and best-in-class vehicle charging solutions. Saniset enables our clients to have the best sustainable resources & planning allocated to their various requirements to meet sustainability goals, while reducing overall implementation costs & risk.
TCI Transportation Tom’s Truck Center Ford T350
Nikola TRE
Lease & 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.
Transco Leasing Co (TEC Leasing) TEC Equipment Mack MD Electric Rental & Lease David Holzberg TEC Leasing offers a wide range of rental and leasing trucking options including electric trucks. With multiple locations in California we can support your fleet needs across the state.
Tom’s Truck Center Leasing and Rentals Tom’s Truck Center, Inc.,
Tom’s Truck Center North County, LLC Tom’s Truck Center-South County, Inc.
Nikola TRE
Ford T350
Nikola TRE Fuel Cell
Cab Chassis
Lease & rental 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.
Volvo Vanguard Truck Center
Mack Trucks Corporate
Gateway Truck & Refrigeration
Nextran Truck Centers Orlando
Watsonville Fleet Group
Affinity Truck Center
TEC of California, Inc.
All Volvo and Mack Electric Vehicles Truck-as-a-Service,
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.
– Equipment as a Service: Complete finance solution where customers pay for miles driven with a minimum monthly commitment. Offer includes the electric vehicle, all maintenance (preventive and corrective), roadside assistance, battery monitoring, physical damage insurance, flexible term options, possibility to apply federal and/ or state incentives, route planning, infrastructure expertise, and more!” This option is currently only available for the Mack MD Electric.
WattEV TEC Equipment, Volvo
Tom’s Truck Center, Nikola
Volvo VNRe ;
Nikola TRE ;
Truck-as-a-Service Salim Youssefzadeh WattEV’s unique Truck-as-a-Service (TaaS) provides users all-inclusive access toheavy-duty (HD) battery electric trucks without the risk. Our monthly price includesmaintenance, miles, refueling, registration, backup vehicle access, collision insurance,and access to the largest publicly accessible heavy-duty truck network in the U.S.
Workhorse Group Workhorse Group C-650,
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.
XOS Trucks Xos Services Stepvan, Medium Duty and Heavy Duty Rental & Lease Sundiata Bahati 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. Customers can contact Xos by phone, text, and through our proprietary fleet management platform, the Xosphere.
Zeeba Automotive Group, Inc. BrightDrop
BrightDrop Zevo 400/ 600
Rental, Lease Seb Zeeba is providing automotive solutions including electric vehicles, electric vans, electric trucks, cargo vans, box trucks, passenger vans for businesses of all sizes from local shops and small businesses, to large corporate enterprise clients.
Zeem Solutions Tom’s Truck Center
TEC Equipment
Nikola TRE
Ford E-Transit
Volvo VNRe
BrightDrop ZEVO 600
TAAS Don Peer Pioneering the “e-fleet-as-a-service” concept, Zeem offers electric vehicle leases, charging, and fleet management services that enable commercial fleets to transition to the zero-emission future easily and affordably. We build and operate zero-emission vehicle depots for commercial fleets throughout the country near ports, airports, and warehousing & distribution centers.

FY 22-23 Public School Bus Set-Aside - Maximum Voucher Amounts

School Bus Type Without a wheelchair lift With a wheelchair lift
Type A $285,000 $310,000
Type C $350,000 $375,000
Type D $370,000 $395,000

How Much Money
is Available per Vehicle?

Where to Find Incentive Amounts

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.

Community Specific Incentive

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 (Yellow area on map legend) 2) Disadvantaged and Low-Income Communities (Green; yellow AND blue area on map legend) 3) Low Income Communities within ½ mile of a Disadvantaged Community (Crosshatched purple area on map legend) and 4) Low Income Households within ½ mile of a Disadvantaged Community (Crosshatched grey area on map legend).

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I would like to purchase an HVIP-eligible vehicle; how do I apply for a voucher?

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.

Does the size of the fleet matter?

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.

Starting January 1, 2024, consistent with the Advanced Clean Fleet Regulation, HVIP’s fleet size definition will include ALL vehicles owned directly or under common ownership, including those domiciled or operated outside of California.

Can I apply for more than one voucher?

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.

I'm using an HVIP voucher to replace a vehicle; what happens to my old vehicle?

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.

What vehicles are HVIP Eligible and how much do they cost?

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.

What is the total cost of the vehicle I want to purchase?

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.

What is the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) and Low NOx Engine Incentives?

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.

Why did CARB create HVIP?

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.

What does first-come, first-served mean?

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.

How can I be notified of HVIP news and events?

Sign up for the California HVIP e-mail list by filling out the form: Contact Us.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please email [email protected] or call the HVIP toll-free hotline at 888-457-HVIP.

How do we know how much money is available?

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.

How do I know if a vehicle is eligible for HVIP?

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].

How much are the vouchers worth?

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. 

Can HVIP voucher funding be combined with other funding (grants, incentives, etc.)?

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.

Are light-duty vehicles eligible for HVIP?

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.

What is a Disadvantaged Community (DAC)? How can I determine eligibility for a DAC “Plus Up”?

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 7/21/23, HVIP defines DAC eligibility as a vehicle domicile address in any of the following areas of the map at

  • Disadvantaged Communities (Yellow area on map legend)
  • Disadvantaged and Low Income Communities (Green; yellow AND blue area on map legend)
  • Low Income Communities within ½ mile of a Disadvantaged Community (Crosshatched purple area on map legend) and
  • Low Income Households within ½ mile of a Disadvantaged Community (Crosshatched grey area on map legend)
Where can I learn about HVIP policy changes for FY 2021-22?

Answers to frequently asked questions for Fiscal Year 2021-22 can be found in the FY21-22 Implementation FAQs.

When and where can applicants apply for the HVIP Public School Bus Set-Aside & EnergIIZE – Joint Application?

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: Applicants will find the application link on Card #1 titled, “FY22-23 HVIP Public School Bus Set-Aside & EnergIIZE – Joint Application.”   

Who completes the 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).   

How can applicants prepare for Application Part A?

Eligible applicants interested in applying should be prepared to provide the following:   

  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   

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).   

Who is eligible to apply?

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 
  • 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.   

What are the applicant prioritization factors?

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.   

How does an eligible applicant know if they are located in a Disadvantaged Community (DAC) or Low-Income Community (LIC)? 

A list of school districts that meet the DAC or LIC priority criteria for the HVIP Public School Set-Aside can be found at  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].   

How will randomization occur?

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. 

What are the requirements for the old school bus(es) that must be scrapped?

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. 
How to remove the lienholder on the DMV Registration Form?

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 fundingIf 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. 

Do I need to keep the old school bus(es) California Highway Patrol Safety Certification (CHP 292) certified?

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.  

How will the HVIP Public School Bus Team contact applicants?

 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.   

Is there funding available for charging infrastructure? 

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.   

What is HVIP’s Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) requirement?

Per the FY22-23 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives, V2G functionality, or bi-directional charging, will be required on all HVIP battery electric school bus vehicle eligibility applications submitted to the California Air Resources Board on or after January 1, 2024. Applications are found in the Manufacturer Resources section at Specifically, all new battery electric school buses must comply with ISO 15118-20 Road Vehicles, vehicle to grid communication interface, Part 20: 2nd generation network layer and application layer requirements. OEMs must self-certify as to this capability on their school bus vehicle eligibility applications. The V2G requirement was initially introduced to the HVIP Vehicle Catalog as a requirement for the Public School Bus Set-Aside in 2022.

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