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newsrel -- California surpasses half-billion-dollar mark for investments in zero-emission vehicles

Posted: 03 May 2017 13:18:57
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:



May 3, 2017



Karen Caesar 
(916) 322-2990
(916) 799-7151 - cell

California surpasses half-billion-dollar mark for investments in
zero-emission vehicles

$599 million in cap-and-trade funds includes electric cars,
trucks, school buses; 65% of funding in and for disadvantaged

LONG BEACH – Today the California Air Resources Board announced
that California Climate Investments in zero-emission vehicles
have reached $599 million since 2013, putting hundreds of
thousands of ultra-clean cars, and entire fleets of zero-emission
trucks and buses on California roads and highways. The
announcement was made at the annual Advanced Clean Transportation
Expo in Long Beach.

“Investing in zero-emission cars, trucks and buses is a smart and
effective use of cap-and-trade proceeds,” said CARB Chair Mary D.
Nichols. “It generates thousands of clean-tech jobs in
California, helps bring these ultra-clean vehicles to market
sooner, and places them in the communities that have the greatest
need of clean air.” 

The funding is from California Climate Investments, a statewide
program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work
reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and
improving public health and the environment — particularly in
disadvantaged communities. 

Since the transportation sector overall is by far the largest
contributor to the state’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions,
a major focus of the climate investment program has been
supporting the development and deployment of next-generation
zero-emission trucks, cars and buses.

The investments support a wide range of next-generation vehicles,
including electric school buses in Sacramento, electric yard
trucks in Fontana, hydrogen-powered buses in the Coachella
Valley, and a fleet of electric delivery trucks for Goodwill
Industries in the Bay Area. More than 65 percent of the
investments are for projects or vehicles that are in, or benefit,
disadvantaged communities.

One major focus of these investments is to accelerate the market
for the next generation of clean, heavy-duty trucks and buses,
both those that run on electricity and on hydrogen. Several are
demonstration projects, such as putting newly built zero-emission
trucks to work side-by-side with existing diesel trucks in rail
yards or distribution centers to fully determine their benefits
and capabilities in those demanding work environments. 

In many cases, it is estimated that the overall operating costs
of the zero-emission trucks and buses will be less than
fossil-fuel powered trucks over the life of the vehicle because
of lower fuel and maintenance costs. The California Climate
Investments are designed to help drive down the upfront purchase
price of the cleaner zero-emission trucks, and as their numbers
increase, that cost will drop even further due to economies of

Another goal of these investments is to support the market for
zero-emission cars throughout the state, and making them
available to residents of low-income communities. Thanks to the
state’s zero-emission regulation and incentives, California --
with 283,000 zero-emission and plug-in vehicles to date --
comprises more than 40 percent of national zero-emission car
sales, even though the state has only ten percent of the nation’s

Many of these cars, trucks and buses are built in California.
Tesla, which manufactures electric cars in the Bay Area; BYD,
which builds buses in Lancaster; and Proterra, which builds
zero-emission vehicles in the City of Industry, together employ
more than 12,000 workers building the cars and buses that are
helping to clean California’s air and fight climate change. 

The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for
industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative
ways to reduce pollution.  California Climate Investments
projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public
transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental
restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much
more.  At least 35 percent of these investments are made in
disadvantaged and low-income communities. 

For more information, visit

$599 Million Cap-and-Trade Investments in California’s
Zero-Emission Transportation Future
115,000 Light-duty ZEVs and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid-electric
Full battery electric cars – 71,000
Plug-in hybrid cars – 43,000
Hydrogen fuel cell cars – 1,000

46 class 7+8 heavy duty zero-emission trucks

950 delivery, utility and refuse trucks 
Utility Trucks – 107
Hybrid Delivery and Refuse Trucks– 732
Battery electric delivery trucks – 111

407 zero-emission transit buses, shuttles and light rail cars
Transit Buses – 309
Shuttle Buses – 68
Light Rail - 30

29 electric school buses 

46 zero-emission yard trucks, fork lifts, cargo-handling

For more information about California’s investment in low carbon
vehicles and transportation, visit: 

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