Trucks continue to be VIP

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post discussing the Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP) by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The program, with a little over $11 million in funding, is still going strong into next year albeit with a few minor changes.

Vouchers still range between $10,000-30,000 on a first-come, first serve basis, but for FY 2011-12, there will be higher voucher amounts for the first three vehicles purchased by a fleet, with declining amounts for subsequent vehicles purchased. The program’s intention is to encourage participation by fleets considering hybrid and zero-emission vehicles for the first time while still allowing for the continuation of larger volume purchases.

If you are planning to purchase a large number of hybrid and zero-emission vehicles, it might make sense to do so prior to these changes, which will occur in early 2012. Any unallocated funding from FY 2010-11 funds will be rolled into this new fiscal year.

On the other hand, it may be beneficial for fleets considering a purchase of just a few vehicles to wait for launch of the new FY 2011-12 HVIP guidelines, when the voucher amounts will be higher for the first three vehicles purchased. See the chart below for more details.

FY 2011-12 HVIP: Eligible Truck and Bus Voucher Amounts

(Upon launch of FY 2011-12 HVIP in early 2012)

Gross Vehicle Weight
in Pounds (lbs)

Base Vehicle Incentive

First 3* vehicles

4 to 30 vehicles

31 to 65 vehicles

66 to 200 vehicles

5,001 – 8,500 lbs Zero-Emission

$12,000

$10,000

$8,000

$6,000

8,501 – 10,000 lbs Plug-in Hybrid

$15,000

$10,000

$8,000

$6,000

Zero-Emission

$20,000

$15,000

$12,000

$10,000

10,001 – 19,500 lbs

$25,000

$15,000

$12,000

$10,000

19,501 – 33,000 lbs

$30,000

$20,000

$15,000

$12,000

33,001 – 38,000 lbs

$35,000

$25,000

$20,000

$15,000

> 38,000 lbs

$40,000

$30,000

$25,000

$20,000

Each fleet begins with zero vehicles purchased for the purpose of the FY 2011-12 HVIP
(i.e. purchases from prior HVIP funding years do not count).

An ARB-certified hybrid vehicle above 14,000 lbs is eligible for an additional $5,000 voucher.
Public school buses are eligible for an additional $5,000 to $10,000 per vehicle voucher.

For more information regarding this year’s HVIP, visit: www.californiahvip.org.