Most of the vehicles funded were beverage and package delivery trucks
- September 28, 2010
A good start but how many more are needed on the roads? --Ed.
The California Air Resources Board says an innovative financial incentive program has helped put more than 650 hybrid trucks and buses on California roads.
The Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program provides $20,000 to $35,000 as vouchers to help California fleets offset the purchase price of advanced-technology hybrid trucks and buses. The technology significantly reduces greenhouse gas and smog-forming emissions, particularly in heavy idling or stop-and-go vehicles.
The hybrid truck program also recently received recognition by the American Council for Energy Efficient Economy as one of the nation's best energy efficiency programs.
CARB created the financial incentive program in 2007 under AB 118, legislation that provided funding for a range of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies. CARB's voucher program is implemented by Calstart, a non-profit organization that works with business, fleets and government to develop and implement clean, efficient transportation solutions. Calstart provides the vouchers to truck dealerships at the time a vehicle is ordered on a first-come, first-served basis.
All $19 million dedicated to the voucher program under the original legislation has now... [Read More]