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1970 - Lagasse family helps save Mentryville buildings as Newhall and Malibu brush fires erupt & join into worst fire in SoCal history. Twelve fires over 10 days burn 525,000 acres, kill 13 people and destroy approx. 1,500 structures. [story]


The California Air Resources Board approved a $663 million low-carbon transportation plan Thursday to increase the use of clean cars, heavy-duty trucks, buses and freight equipment.

The funding will help the state cut climate-changing gases while promoting technologies that reduce harmful diesel emissions, particularly in disadvantaged and low-income communities.

“This investment will continue to drive the market for new vehicle technologies, and put more ultra-clean and zero-emission trucks, buses and cars into the communities across California that need them the most,” CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols said.

The plan allocates $398 million to incentivize clean heavy-duty trucks, buses and freight projects, including $190 million for advanced-technology freight equipment such as yard trucks, forklifts and cranes.

The majority of funding for the Fiscal Year 2017-18 plan comes from California’s cap-and-trade auction proceeds.

While diesel trucks account for only 2 percent of vehicles in the state, they emit the majority of the smog-forming pollution, and two-thirds of all diesel soot. In 1998, California identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death, and other health problems.

There are now more than 20 manufacturers offering 60 eligible models of hybrid, low-NOx, and zero-emission trucks and buses — companies like BYD, Complete Coach Works, Efficient Drivetrains Inc., El Dorado, Gillig, Motiv Power Systems, New Flyer, Proterra, and TransPower. The overall number of companies involved in building clean trucks and buses in California has been growing rapidly over the past several years, creating jobs in our state.

The plan continues CARB’s efforts to put more clean vehicles in disadvantaged communities while promoting technologies that can reduce harmful effects of fossil fuel emissions across California.

Investments range from supporting increased numbers of zero-emission heavy-duty trucks and buses, and zero- and near-zero-emission freight facilities, to rebates for the cleanest passenger cars.

Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Off-Road Equipment

* $188 million to promote the sale of clean trucks and buses through voucher incentives, driving the continued deployment of hybrid, low-NOx (nitrogen oxides), and zero-emission trucks and buses.

* $190 million for advanced-technology freight-related investments that will bring the cleanest vehicles and equipment to California’s most impacted communities, transportation corridors and freight hubs.

* $20 million to make loans for clean trucks more widely available.

Passenger Vehicles and Transportation Equity

* $140 million to the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, which offers up to $5,000 in vehicle rebates for the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

* $125 million to transportation equity projects focused on disadvantaged communities and low-income consumers. These include programs to scrap and replace older vehicles with up-to-date clean cars, cleaner school buses, and more electric car-sharing projects in disadvantaged communities.

California has set ambitious goals to reduce climate-changing gases, improve air quality, and reduce petroleum dependency. To meet these goals, CARB uses incentives to speed up development and early commercial deployment of technologies for the cleanest cars and trucks.

Investments are designed to maximize benefits for disadvantaged communities, and low-income communities and households. Projects, for example, help lower-income residents living in areas of California affected most by air pollution afford the cleanest cars.

While the incentive funding largely comes from the state’s cap-and-trade program, other funding is provided by the state’s Air Quality Improvement Program, the Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal settlement and the new Zero- and Near-Zero Emission Warehouse Program.

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These investments support the emission reduction goals of the California’s 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan, State Implementation Plans and the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan.

Low Carbon Transportation Investments and AQIP Funding Plans

Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program

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5 Comments

  1. Mike Dills says:

    Should include ebikes and ecargo bikes.

  2. Should have ebikes and ecargo bikes also in the consideration.

  3. RJ Acosta RJ Acosta says:

    More of moonbeam Jerry’s plan

  4. The clean transportation mission to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality is critically important work by the ARB. But technological advances alone will not solve these issues, especially for the present.

    One low-hanging fruit solution would be an ARB or other state agency educational campaign addressing idling when parked, a harmful, wasteful and largely unnecessary practice that is estimated to emit 3.75 million tons of CO2 by Californians annually. Think prolonged warm ups, “smartphone” idling, and drive thrus. This will continue to be an issue for at least another decade before clean vehicles gradually replace combustion vehicles.

    Be Idle Free, for our health and planet

  5. ECK says:

    Isn’t that a rather old photo to use? Those look like the conversions EnergyCS, Hymotion, and others were doing back around 2006.

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