Nearly $14 Million Is Available Under California Program
Nearly $14 million is available to help offset the price premium for medium- and heavy-duty hybrid, battery-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell trucks and buses under California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project. HVIP is run by Calstart on behalf of CARB, the California Air Resources Board.
The program is designed to offset about half of the additional cost of eligible vehicles. Frito-Lay/PepsiCo and UPS are among the national fleets that have taken advantage of the program. Of more local interest, Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, Calif. used HVIP funding to help buy five International Coach school buses with charge-sustaining parallel hybrid electric drivelines by Eaton Corp.
Up to $85,000
Pure battery electrics are available from Boulder Electric, Electric Vehicles International and Smith Electric Vehicles.
Vouchers range from $8,000 to $55,000 per vehicle, depending on vehicle size, model, and the total number purchased. Vehicles that are domiciled in the San Joaquin Valley are eligible for up to another $30,000 in additional plus-up voucher funding on top of the HVIP funds. Operators can take advantage of up to $85,000 in HVIP funding for vehicles there.
To date, more $28 million has been committed via the program, helping buy more than 1,200 hybrid and electric vehicles have been delivered.
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Source: Calstart/CARB/HVIP/Kings Canyon USD with Fleets & Fuels follow-up