AQIP Low Carbon Transportation Project Work Group Meetings

This page last reviewed December 16, 2014

In June 2014, the Air Resources Board (ARB) approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-15 Funding Plan for the Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) and Low Carbon Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Fund (GGRF) Investments (FY 2014-15 Funding Plan), providing up to $9 million in funding for Light-Duty Pilot Projects, up to $25 million for Heavy-Duty Pilot Projects, and up to $50 million for Advanced Technology Freight Demonstration Projects.  These new projects, outlined in the FY 2014-15 Funding Plan, will be further developed with public input beginning in fall 2014 through a series of work group meetings and individual stakeholder discussions.  

Individual work groups will be established for each project listed below.  The purpose of the work group meetings is to discuss the project design and scope of work for each project solicitation.  Staff encourages anyone who is interested in one or more of these pilot projects to join our work group email lists.  To join our work group email lists, please email Stella Ling-Taylor at and indicate which email list(s) you would like to be added to.

For work group meeting information related to ongoing deployment projects, please visit the  Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) or Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) webpages.

FY 2014-15 Funding Plan Implementation

This kick-off work group is to discuss implementation for the FY 2014-15 Funding Plan.  Staff will provide a summary of the separate public process already underway to define disadvantaged communities and the methodologies to determine benefits to those communities, and seek public input on how the definitions and methodologies should be applied to the projects described below.  For more information on cap and trade auction proceeds, GGRF, or Draft Interim Guidance for Investments to Benefit Disadvantaged Communities, please visit .

Light-Duty Pilot Projects in Disadvantaged Communities

Car Sharing and Mobility Options in Disadvantaged Communities
Car sharing allows an individual to benefit from the use of a private automobile without the responsibility of car ownership costs. Staff is allocating funding to establish hybrid and advanced clean car sharing fleets and mobility options in disadvantaged communities to offer an alternate mode of transportation and encourage the use of clean cars.  The pilot would provide immediate emission reduction benefits and be used to gather data that could help support larger scale advanced technology car share programs. 

Vehicle Retirement and Replacement Plus-Up (also known as Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program Plus-Up (EFMP Plus-Up) )
This pilot program will focus on promoting advanced technology vehicle replacements (both new and used) by providing additional financial assistance for cleaner vehicles under the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program or other vehicle retirement programs.  To determine a sustainable replacement vehicle solution for low-income participants in federal extreme non attainment areas, staff believes that innovative approaches must be evaluated and tested.  Assistance will include increased incentive amounts, eligibility for used advanced technology vehicles, and may include alternative options, such as transit and car share subsidies, or low-cost loans.  Incentive amounts will be up to $5,000 for plug-in hybrid or zero-emission vehicles and up to $2,500 for conventional hybrid vehicles that are eight years old or newer at the time of purchase.

Light-Duty Financing Assistance Programs
For some individuals, vehicle financing is a significant barrier to vehicle ownership.  Staff will be evaluating the feasibility of programs that provide financing assistance, such as a loan loss guarantee for financial institutions or programs that buy down interest rates for consumers, in order to improve financing options for low-income individuals interested in moving into a cleaner vehicle.  These programs may help some consumers that would not typically qualify for conventional financing to better afford an advanced technology vehicle.  Further, as more hybrids and advanced clean cars enter the used car market, financing assistance for used vehicles may help to increase the number of cleaner vehicles in disadvantaged communities.

Increased Incentives for Public Fleets in Disadvantaged Communities
Public fleets are not eligible for some incentives, such as the federal tax credit, to bring down the higher prices associated with advanced clean cars.  Rebates will be offered to public fleets located in or serving disadvantaged communities of up to $5,250 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, up to $10,000 for battery electric vehicles, and up to $15,000 for fuel cell electric vehicles.  The vehicles will be required to operate in disadvantaged communities and the communities will experience the direct benefits of the vehicle operating on their roads. NOTE: This pilot project will be administered as a set aside within CVRP .

Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Pilot Projects in Disadvantaged Communities

Zero- emission truck and bus pilot projects in disadvantaged communities would operate within a concentrated, well-defined geographic area where commercial zero-emission vehicles, charging or refueling stations, energy storage devices, communications systems and support networks allow fleets to optimize the use of zero-emission vehicles.  Ideally, this ‘zero-emission ecosystem’ would help facilitate the transition of other similar fleets to utilize zero-emission technologies by including an assessment of vehicle performance, infrastructure and maintenance costs, and other information of interest to other potential technology adopters.  These pilot projects may include zero-emission transit buses, zero-emission school buses, zero-emission freight/delivery trucks, and infrastructure.

Advanced Technology Freight Demonstration Projects in Disadvantaged Communities

For FY 2014-15, demonstration funding will be focused on freight projects only.  In order for California to facilitate a transition toward a low-carbon transportation future, a investment strategy in advanced technologies that can reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from vehicles and equipment is critical.  Demonstrating to manufacturers and end-users that zero or near-zero emission technologies is a viable economical alternative to conventional technologies will competitively position California companies for the future.  To take advantage of those freight technologies that are currently ready for large pre-commercial demonstrations, ARB will be focusing on two large project categories that are in a promising stage of development for the first year of this program.  Those two categories are zero-emission drayage trucks and multi-source facility projects at warehouse, distribution center, and intermodal facilities.

Zero-Emission Drayage Trucks
Projects funded under this category should field a large enough fleet of trucks during the demonstration to help transition technologies from the demonstration to the commercialization stage.  Potential projects in this category will be required to completely eliminate tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases, criteria pollutants, and toxic particulate matter emissions.  Potential projects will also need to show strong commercialization prospects with the potential to transform the drayage truck industry toward zero-emission technologies.

Multi-Source Facility Projects
This category will facilitate the demonstration in one facility of multiple types of equipment that employ advanced emission reducing or eliminating technologies to synergistically demonstrate the practicality and economic viability of wide-spread adoption of advanced technology for various sources at one facility.  Multiple projects in this category could be funded concurrently so that technologies are demonstrated at multiple facilities throughout the State.  Potential projects in this category could include zero- and near zero-emission yard and regional haul trucks, advanced transportation refrigeration units, and other equipment used in distribution centers, warehouses, ports and railyards.  Additionally, fueling/charging infrastructure to facilitate the successful demonstration of technologies, and logistics/operations efficiency improvements would be considered.