Zero Emission Vehicle Incentive Program Guidelines

This page last reviewed November 20, 2008

On September 30, 2000, Governor Gray Davis signed into law assembly bill (AB) 2061 (Lowenthal) creating an incentive program for the purchase or lease of new Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) in California. This program provides a total of $18 million in grants to reduce the incremental cost of new ZEVs. Individual grants totaling up to $9,000 may be provided in three installments over a 36-month period. These grants are available to qualified private and public consumers that lease or purchase a new ZEV between October 1, 2000, and December 31, 2002.

Additional ZEV grants will be funded under an expanded incentive program with an appropriation from the approved Fiscal Year 2001-2002 State Budget. On April 25, 2002, ARB approved guidelines to address modifications to the Statewide ZIP required by Assembly Bill 1390 (Firebaugh, Statutes of 2001), which became state law on January 1, 2002. Individual maximum grant amounts under the expanded program are $5,000 through June 30, 2004 and may be allocated in one installment. In addition, a list of qualified grant recipients is changed to include public agencies, making federal agencies eligible for grants. Finally, one half of these funds will be used to implement a Fleet ZIP.

The Statewide ZIP is administered by the California Air Resources Board (Board or ARB) in conjunction with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (California Energy Commission or CEC). The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has also volunteered to administer the program in its jurisdiction.



Guidelines Development

At a April 25, 2002 public meeting, the ARB approved staff's proposed guidelines, with modifications, for implementing an expanded Statewide ZIP and a ZEV Incentive Program for Fleets that operate in areas of California with the poorest air quality. Staff held two public workshops to discuss its draft proposal for expansion of the Statewide ZIP:

January 10, 2002 Public Workshop

December 19, 2002 Public Workshop

Contact ARB for More Information

For additional general information, call 1-800-END-SMOG or call toll free at (866) 808-0189.

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