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The following is a compilation of available incentive programs related to the purchase of alternative fuel/advanced technology vehicles and related infrastructure. Note that while every effort has been made to compile a complete listing, it is highly probable that some programs, especially local programs, have been inadvertently overlooked. That said, the compiled list demonstrates the broad range of incentive programs available to help defray the cost of more expensive alternative-fuel vehicles and infrastructure.

State and Local Programs: The following is a listing of transportation incentive programs offered in California and specifically the South Coast AQMD jurisdiction. Note that these Programs have specific eligibility criteria and program timelines:

Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project (NGVIP) The NGVIP provides incentives to reduce the price of new on-road natural gas vehicles for use in California. Incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis at varying levels depending upon the gross vehicle weight.
Contact: Craig Rindt
NGVIP Project Manager
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Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) The HVIP offers point-of-sale incentives for clean trucks and buses via HVIP dealers who offer reduced price vehicles directly to purchasers. Eligible technologies include: battery-electric, fuel cell, hybrid, electric PTO and ultra-low NOx natural gas engines.
Contact: CALSTART (HVIP Administrator)
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Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) The CVRP offers up to $7,000 for the purchase or lease of new, eligible light-duty zero-emission vehicles, including electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and fuel cell vehicles.
Contact: Center for Sustainable Energy (CVRP Administrator)
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Public Fleet Pilot Project This program offers public agencies operating in California’s most vulnerable and pollution-burdened areas (as determined by the CalEnviroScreen tool) up to $15,000 in rebates for the purchase of new, eligible zero-emission and plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicles. This program replaces standard CVRP rebates with increased incentives for public agencies operating in these specified areas.
Contact: Center for Sustainable Energy (PFPP Administrator)
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Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) Financing Program The EVCS Program provides small business borrowers and lenders incentives to finance electric vehicle charging station equipment acquisition and installation. Small businesses contact participating lenders for charging station financing, and borrowers may be eligible for a rebate equal to 10% or 15% of the loan amount after loan repayment or 48-months after the loan is funded.
Contact: Jason Bradley
EVCS Program Manager
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Alternative & Renewable Fuel & Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) The ARFVTP is a competitive grant program that has as much as $100 million each year for alternative fuel and vehicle projects as determined by the annual investment plan, including alternative fuel production and infrastructure, alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, and related needs and opportunities (e.g., workforce training, fuel standards and equipment certification, sustainability studies, regional alternative fuel readiness and planning, and technical assistance).
Contact: ARFVTP, Fuels and Transportation Division
California Energy Commission
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Voluntary Vehicle Retirement and Repair Incentives The Consumer Assistance Program offers two options Repair Assistance and Vehicle Retirement. Through the Repair Assistance option, income-eligible consumers who meet eligibility requirements may receive up to $500 in emissions-related repairs at a STAR Test-and-Repair Station if their vehicle fails its biennial Smog Check inspection. Through the Vehicle Retirement option, income-eligible consumers who meet program requirements may receive $1,500 to retire their vehicle at an approved dismantler. All other consumers may be eligible to receive $1,000.
Contact: Consumer Assistance Program
Bureau of Automotive Repair

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Fueling Infrastructure Grants This encompasses all motor vehicle registration fee programs in California. In the South Coast region this includes the MSRC, Subvention funds, and AB 2766 funding administered by the South Coast AQMD.

Carl Moyer Air Quality Standards Attainment Program The Carl Moyer Program provides grant funding to private companies and public agencies to purchase cleaner-than-required-by-law heavy-duty on-road and off-road engines, equipment and emission reduction technology, in order to replace older, dirtier diesel engines. Approximately $60 million is available annually distributed through local air districts, like the South Coast AQMD.
Contact: Carl Moyer Program
California Air Resources Board
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Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program The Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program enables local agencies (like air districts and seaports) to apply to ARB for funding to reduce air pollution emissions from freight movement. Local agencies then offer financial incentives to owners of equipment used in freight operations to upgrade to cleaner technologies. Currently, the South Coast AQMD is not accepting applications.
Contact: Gregory Ushijima
Air Quality Specialist
South Coast AQMD
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Lower-Emission School Bus Program The Lower-Emission School Bus Program provides grant funding for the replacement of older school buses and for the purchase of air pollution control equipment for in-use buses.
Contact: Danielle Chambers
Air Pollution Specialist
California Air Resources Board
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Advanced Transportation Tax Exclusion The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) offers the Sales and Use Tax Exclusion Program which provides qualified California manufactures that promote alternative energy and advanced transportation with a tax exclusion on purchased products, components or systems.
Contact: Melanie Holman
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Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Electricity Tax Exemption for Transit Use CNG and electricity that local agencies or public transit operators use as motor vehicle fuel to operate public transit services is exempt from applicable user taxes a county imposes.

Residential Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Financing Program The Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program financing allows residential and commercial property owners to borrow funds to pay for electric vehicle charging stations, as well as energy and water efficiency improvements and renewable energy retrofits. Property owners in a PACE district can use PACE financing to retrofit their homes or businesses with no money down and pay for the assessment through their local property tax bill.
Contact: Ashley Bonnett
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Employer Invested Emissions Reduction Funding - South Coast The SCAQMD’s Air Quality Investment Program/Rule 2202 On-Road Motor Vehicle Mitigation Options gives employer with 250 or more employees options to comply with Rule 2202. Employers can elect to participate in the Air Quality Investment Program by investing $45 per employee annually to a fund that is used by the SCAQMD to fund proposals that reduce vehicle emissions by reducing employee commute trips.
Contact: Fred Minassian
Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, Science and Technology Assessment
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Clean Fuels Program – South Coast This program co-sponsors projects to develop and demonstrate zero, near-zero and low-emission clean fuels and advanced technologies and to promote commercialization and deployment of technologies in Southern California. These projects are conducted through public-private partnerships with industry, technology developers, academic and research institutes and local, state and federal agencies.
Contact: Naveen Berry
Technology Demonstration
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Replace Your Ride Program – South Coast This program enables eligible vehicle owners to replace their older, high-polluting vehicles with a newer vehicle, upgrade to a hybrid or electric vehicle, or get vouchers for rideshare services or public transit passes.
Contact: SCAQMD
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Residential EV Charging Incentive Program This program provides an incentive to buy-down the cost of residential EV chargers by providing up to $250 for the cost of hardware for a Level 2 residential charger, with an additional incentive of up to $250 for low-income residents.
Contact: Benigna Taylor
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Additional Utility and Industry Sponsored Programs for EVSE: Local public utilities offer incentives to assist with the purchase and installation of alternative fuel infrastructure and electric vehicle support equipment (EVSE, i.e. EV chargers):
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Rebate - LADWP The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Charge UP L.A.! program provides rebates to commercial and residential customers toward the purchase of a Level 2 charger. Residential customers are reimbursed up to $500 per wall-mounted charger, while commercial and multi-residential customers can receive up to $4,000 for each charger.
Contact: Charge Up L.A.!
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Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Rate Reduction - LADWP The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) offers a $0.025 per kilowatt-hour discount for electricity used to charge PEVs during off-peak times. Residential customers who install a separate time-of-use meter panel also can receive a $250 credit.
Contact: Charge Up L.A.!
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Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Rate Reduction - SCE Southern California Edison (SCE) offers a discounted rate to customers for electricity used to charge PEVs. Two rate schedules are available for PEV charging during on- and off-peak hours, the Residential Time-of-Use Plan and the Electric Vehicle Plan.
Contact: SCE Home Fuel Advisor

Biofuel Volume Rebate Program - Propel Fuels Propel Fuels offers a savings of $0.03-$0.05 per gallon of Propel’s renewable fuel products when fleet customers use their Propel CleanDrive Fleet Card to purchase at least 500 gallons per month.
Contact: Propel Fuels
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Alternative Fuel Vehicle Insurance Discount Farmers Insurance offer lower insurance rates for electric, electric/gas hybrids, ethanol, compressed natural gas or propane vehicles.

Additional Program Available to Public Agencies: There are additional programs designed for public agencies to invest in projects that will help achieve the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. These include the following:

Volkswagen Settlement Funds This settlement with ARB requires VW to invest $800 million in ZEV projects in California over a 10-year period. Eligible projects include installing zero-emission vehicle fueling infrastructure (for both electric- and hydrogen-powered cars), funding brand-neutral consumer awareness campaigns that will help grow the ZEV vehicle market, and investing in projects such as car-sharing programs that will increase access to ZEVs for all consumers in California, including those in lower-income and disadvantaged communities.
Contact: ARB Public Information Office

Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) The LCTOP provides transit agencies with a formula-based share of California Climate Investment funds for projects such as: equipment acquisition, fueling, maintenance and other costs to operate those services or facilities, with each project aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The amount of funding for each program solicitation depends upon on available cap-and-trade funds.
Contact: Amar Cid
Branch Chief, Caltrans
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Federal Funding: In addition to the above, several federal agencies offer clean transportation funding programs. These are typically implemented through state agencies such as Caltrans, the County Transportation Commissions, and the MPO (SCAG). Funding is often made available through agency Call for Projects (CFP) announcements. These programs include but not limited to:

FHWA Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program provides funding to states to reduce congestion and improve air quality for areas that do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, carbon monoxide, or particulate matter (nonattainment areas) and for former nonattainment areas that are now in compliance (maintenance areas). Funding is apportioned to states which then divide that total among apportioned state programs. For FY 2017, California received approximately $469 million from the CMAQ program.
Contact: Mark Glaze
Air Quality & Transportation Conformity
Federal Highway Administration
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Airport Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and Infrastructure Incentives The Zero Emissions Airport Vehicle and Infrastructure Program provides funding to airports for up to 50% of the cost to acquire ZEVs and install or modify supporting infrastructure for these vehicles.
Contact: Airport ZEV Program Manager
Federal Aviation Administration

Bus & Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program This program provides funding to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities.
Contact: Office of Program Management
Federal Transit Administration

Low or No Emission (Low-No) Program This is a sub-program of the Bus & Bus Facilities Infrastructure Program and provides competitive grants for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, as well as the acquisition, construction and leasing of required supporting facilities. Each year, $55 million in funding is available.
Contact: Tara Clark
Federal Transit Administration
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