Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project

This page last updated August 20, 2014

The Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) provides vouchers to help California fleets purchase hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses.  The State's investment in HVIP at this time plays a crucial role in accelerating early market penetration of hybrid technology with the goal of significant penetration of these vehicles into California by 2020.  Production capacity has substantial growth potential, but current low production volumes result in a $30,000 to $70,000 hybrid vehicle cost premium.  ARB expects production costs to decline as hybrid driveline production volumes increase.  When this occurs, the fuel economy payback period should shorten to the point where a hybrid truck purchase is economical without incentives and the technology is self-sustaining.  ARB envisions the HVIP as a multi-year project to bridge this gap. At the federal level, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have proposed national greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks for the first time, providing further impetus fro investments in hybrid truck technology.

ARB has teamed with CALSTART to implement this streamlined, first-come, first-serve program.  To apply for a voucher or to get more information, please visit CALSTART's website at http://www.californiahvip.org/ .  ARB must approve hybrid and zero-emission truck and bus models to become eligible for the program.

For more information regarding HVIP, please see the AQIP FY 2013-14 Funding Plan, FY 2013-14 HVIP Implementation Manual and its Addendum, or contact Joe Calavita at jcalavit@arb.ca.gov or (916) 445-4586.


HVIP Work Group Meetings
Date/Time Handouts and call-in number (if applicable)
July 22, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Agenda (PDF- 10KB)
October 14, 2013
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Teleconference Only
Agenda (PDF- 10KB)
April 22, 2013
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Teleconference Only
Agenda (PDF- 48KB)
Discussion Document (PDF- 34KB)
March 14, 2013
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Agenda (PDF- 53KB)
December 18, 2012
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Agenda (PDF- 10KB)

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