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newsrel -- ARB announces second year of grants for hybrid trucks and buses

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 10:24:33
Award-winning program supported 650 cleaner delivery vans,
beverage trucks, buses in populated neighborhoods in first year 
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Air Resources Board
Release #:11-09
Date:02/15/2011

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990
CONTACT:Mary Fricke
916-322-2638
mfricke@arb.ca.gov

ARB announces second year of grants for hybrid trucks and buses 

Award-winning program supported 650 cleaner delivery vans,
beverage trucks, buses in populated neighborhoods in first year 

SACRAMENTO - 
Today the Air Resources Board initiates the second year of grants
totaling $19 million for hybrid vehicle technology that
significantly reduces smog-forming and greenhouse gas emissions.


The Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program will provide
vouchers on a first-come, first-served basis to help California
fleets purchase fuel-efficient hybrid medium- and heavy-duty
vehicles.  At least $2 million of these funds will be set
aside for California public fleets to increase the number of
hybrid vehicles. 

"This program created an opportunity for California businesses to
upgrade their trucks and proves that there is demand for
technology that provides clean and fuel efficient vehicles," said
ARB Executive Officer James Goldstene.

Interested public and private fleets can reserve a voucher for up
to $40,000 through a participating dealership at the time the
vehicle is ordered. The voucher is then redeemed at the time of
purchase.  

The program is part of the Air Quality Improvement Program,
established in 2007 by AB 118 (Nunez) to provide funding for
advanced technology vehicles and equipment. ARBís voucher program
is implemented by CALSTART, a non-profit organization that works
with business, fleets and government to develop and implement
clean, efficient transportation solutions.  

Last year, ARB provided almost $20 million to help California
fleets purchase over 650 hybrid trucks and buses.  Almost
half the vouchers were for urban beverage-delivery vehicles and
about 20 percent for package-delivery vehicles.  Hybrid
technology is similar to that used in cars and helps reduce
smog-forming and greenhouse gas emissions and also provide fuel
economy benefits, particularly in vehicles that require
heavy-stop-and-go operation or idling.  

The programís first year received an award in September 2010 as
the countryís top emerging state energy efficiency program from
American Council for a Fuel-Efficient Economy. The Hybrid Truck
and Bus Voucher Incentive Program was one of 18 top programs from
14 states.

ARB encourages air districts to contribute to the program to
further accelerate the presence of hybrid trucks and buses in
their respective districts. The South Coast Air Quality
Management District, for example, has contributed $1.4 million to
help fleets purchase hybrid trucks and buses in their own
region.  

Hybrid vehicles reduce smog-forming and greenhouse gas emissions
and help California meet health-based clean air standards and
climate change goals. 

For more information regarding the voucher incentive program that
details a full list of eligible vehicles and more, visit
www.californiahvip.com.

The Air Resources Board's mission is to promote and protect
public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.



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