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newsrel -- ARB Renews Funding for Clean Vehicles

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 13:42:48
Board approves rebate funding for Hybrid and Zero-Emission Cars,
Trucks, Buses. 

SACRAMENTO:  Today the Air Resources Board approved $27 million
for its Air Quality Improvement Program, a statewide effort to
provide incentives for the purchase of advanced-technology
passenger cars and heavy-duty trucks. 

ARB will use the majority of those funds for its California Clean
Vehicle Rebate Project to provide incentives for the purchase of
zero-emission and plug-in hybrid passenger cars.  Complementing
this investment will be up to an additional $5 million dollars
from the California Energy Commission.

“This unique incentive program makes ultra-clean cars affordable
for more Californians, helps slash smog-forming pollution and
cuts greenhouse gas emissions. By expanding the market for the
world’s most advanced technology vehicles California remains the
global center for clean cars, and generates a wide range of new
jobs to manufacture, service and fuel them,”  said ARB Chairman
Mary D. Nichols.

There will also be an additional $10 million in incentives for
hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses. Another $2 million of
funding will be used for advanced-technology demonstration
projects supporting the commercialization of new vehicle and
equipment technologies to help pave the way for healthier air for

Since this program began in 2008 there have been more than 7,500
passenger cars and over a thousand trucks or buses that have
received incentives through the Air Quality Improvement Program.

The program is designed to accelerate the number of ultra-clean
vehicles sold in California and help establish a sustainable
market. The program also supports the comprehensive Advanced
Clean Car regulation ARB adopted earlier this year. That
regulatory package builds on California’s already tough standards
to reduce smog-forming and greenhouse gas emissions, including a
separate requirement that one in seven new cars sold in 2025 in
California be zero emission.

Information on the rebate project, including an application and
required documents, list of eligible vehicles, and real-time
funding status is available at:


The vehicle rebate project is one of several consumer incentives
funded under California Alternative and Renewable Fuel, Vehicle
Technology, Clean Air, and Carbon Reduction Act of 2007 (AB 118).
 The Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) is a voluntary
incentive program created under that law, allowing up to $40
million per year, depending on revenues, through 2015 for ARB to
fund advanced technologies needed to meet long-term air quality
and climate change goals.  The State’s early investment in
zero-emission and plug-in hybrid technologies will prime the
market for the larger number of these vehicles needed over the
next decade and beyond to promote a cleaner and healthier

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