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California’s Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program Offers Funding

In partnership with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), California air districts are accepting applications for alternative fuel truck grants under the state’s Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program. Established under Proposition 1B, the program aims to reduce air pollution emissions and health risk from freight movement along California’s trade corridors. Air Districts accepting applications include the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the San Diego Air Pollution Control District. One of the program’s main goals is to help offset the costs of replacing old diesel trucks with new, cleaner models.

The following funding opportunities are available:

Class 8 or Class 7 trucks with a model-year (MY) 2009 or older diesel engine:

  • $200,000/truck for a new zero-emission replacement truck with a MY 2015 or newer engine.
  • $150,000/truck for a new hybrid replacement truck capable of zero-emission miles with a MY 2015 or newer engine.
  • $100,000/truck for a new optional low-NOx replacement truck with a MY 2015 or newer engine (0.02 g/bhp-hr or less NOx).
  • $80,000/truck for a new hybrid replacement truck with a MY 2015 or newer engine.
  • $65,000/truck for a new natural gas replacement truck with a MY 2015 or newer engine.

Class 6 trucks with a MY 2006 or older diesel engine:

  • $100,000/truck for a new zero-emission replacement truck with a MY 2015 or newer engine.

Class 6 trucks with a MY 1998 to 2009 diesel engine:

  • $65,000/truck for a new hybrid replacement truck capable of zero-emission miles with a MY 2015 or newer engine.
  • $50,000/truck for a new optional low-NOx replacement truck with a MY 2015 or newer engine (0.02 g/bhp-hr or less NOx).
  • $45,000/truck for a new hybrid replacement truck with a MY 2015 or newer engine.
  • $40,000/truck for a new natural gas replacement truck with a MY2015 or newer engine.

The guidelines say eligibility requirements include a commitment to move goods a majority of the time and a commitment to at least 50 percent of travel within the four California trade corridors. Those corridors include the Bay Area, Central Valley, Los Angeles/Inland Empire, and San Diego/Border. Also, to be eligible for the funds, the truck must have been registered in California and run 90 percent of its annual mileage in the state. It also must be equipped with a diesel engine model year 2009 or older.

The deadline for this round of funding is Friday, November 20, 2015. More information is available on the Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program website. Additional information is also available from CARB’s Goods Movement Information Line at 916.444.6637 or by email at gmbond@arb.ca.gov.