The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved a $533m plan for clean transportation investments which will promote clean vehicle technologies such as hydrogen.
The approved plan will see big investments for areas such as clean car rebates, zero emission transit and school buses, clean trucks, and other clean transportation and mobility pilot projects.
The funding is part of California’s strategy for improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, the state’s largest source of air pollution and climate changing gases.
“California is backing up our tough vehicle regulations with money to help individuals and businesses access the newest, cleanest technology” said Mary Nichols, CARB Chair.
“It will take a mix of incentives and mandates to meet public health and climate goals. We need to speed up the pace of change, and these investments play an important role in assuring the state remains home to the nation’s largest fleet of advanced vehicles.”
The plan establishes priorities for the funding, describes the projects CARB intends to fund, and sets funding targets for each project.
Highlights of the 2019-2020 plan include:
- $238m for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), a project which promotes clean vehicle adopting by offering rebates for the lease of new, eligible zero emission vehicles, such hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, with a stipulation that $25m is used to fund increased rebates for low-income consumers.
- $182m for clean trucks, buses and off-road freight equipment, including $142m for the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) and $40m for advanced technology demonstration and pilot projects in the heavy-duty sector.
- $65m for Clean Transportation Equity Projects to continue efforts to increase access to clean transportation and mobility options benefitting low-income communities and households.
- $48m in Air Quality Improvement Programme funding to clean up heavy-duty truck emissions.
$485m of the $533m of funding came from the cap-and-trade programme, with the remainder $48m being from the Air Quality Improvement Programme.