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CARB approves $533 million clean transportation funding plan

25 October 2019

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a $533 million plan to fund clean car rebates, zero-emission transit and school buses, clean trucks, and other clean transportation and mobility pilot projects.

The Fiscal Year 2019-20 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives, largely funded with cap-and-trade proceeds, is part of California’s strategy for improving air quality and reducing GHG emissions in the transportation sector, the state’s largest source of air pollution and climate-changing gases. Of the $533 million total, $485 million comes from the cap-and-trade program; the remainder—$48 million—is from the Air Quality Improvement Program.

Building on previous years, the FY 2019-20 plan continues to support the statewide Clean Vehicle Rebate (CVRP) and Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Projects (HVIP), but includes changes to both programs. Changes to CVRP include a maximum base MSRP of $60,000 for vehicle eligibility, to prioritize environmental justice by increasing access to cleaner mobility options in disadvantaged and low-income communities. The plan also limits plug-in hybrid electric vehicle eligibility to only those vehicles that achieve a minimum 35-mile electric range. Furthermore, hybrid vehicles and 8.9-liter natural gas low-NOx engines will no longer be eligible for HVIP funding.

Highlights of the FY 2019-20 Plan include:

Over the past six years, California Legislature has appropriated more than $2.2 billion for low-carbon transportation projects from the cap-and-trade program. These investments support the state’s 2030 GHG emissions reduction target of 40% below 1990 levels.

Source: CARB