Coastal Region

Counties include: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura

Vehicle Incentives

Provides affordable solutions for income-qualified residents and those in disadvantaged communities to purchase or lease cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars.

The Clean Cars For All program in the Bay Area provides grants for income-qualified Bay Area residents to retire their older car and replace with a battery-electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), hybrid-electric (HEV), or fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV), or receive a Clipper Card for public transit. Additionally, applicants can get up to $2,000 for the purchase and installation of a Level 2 charger with the purchase of a BEV!
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Funding for Individuals & Families
Get up to $7,000 to purchase or lease a new plug-in hybrid, battery electric, or fuel cell electric vehicle. CVRP is available to income-eligible California residents. Increased rebates for low-income applicants available! To apply for a CVRP rebate and for additional eligibility information visit the official CVRP program page.

Businesses, Nonprofits, and Federal Entities
Get up to $4,500 for the purchase or lease of one eligible zero-emission and plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicles. For more information on CVRP opportunities and additional eligibility guidelines, visit the Businesses, Nonprofits, and Federal Entities webpage on the official CVRP program page.

Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) for Public Fleets
Local, State, and tribal government entities can get up to $7,000 to purchase or lease new advanced light-duty technology vehicles, including plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV), battery electric (BEV), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) - up to 30 rebates per year.
For more information on CVRP for public fleets, and eligibility guidelines visit the Public Fleets webpage on the official CVRP program page.

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Clean Vehicle Assistance Program – CVA Program (Statewide)
The CVA Program is administered by the Beneficial State Foundation (BSF) and offers eligible applicants price buy-down grants of up to $5,000 and affordable financing opportunities (≤ 8% interest) towards the purchase of eligible clean vehicles, including up to $2,000 for a Level 2 home charger installation for eligible vehicle purchases or a $1,000 prepaid charge card and a free portable Level 1 charger. For more information on the CVA Program grant and loan application information, please visit the official CVA Program page.

Driving Clean Assistance Program (Regional – Bay & Santa Cruz Areas)
The Community Housing Development Corporation (CHDC) runs the regional Driving Clean Assistance Program that offers financing assistance towards the purchase of battery-electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), hybrid-electric (HEV), or fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) for residents in disadvantaged communities throughout the Bay Area and Sacramento. The program provides eligible residents a buy down opportunity of up to $5,000, low-interest loan opportunities, and up to $2,000 for a Level 2 home charger installation for eligible vehicle purchases or a $1,000 prepaid charge card and a free portable Level 1 charger, and additional financial and advanced technology education training. To verify program eligibility please visit CHDC's Driving Clean Assistance Program Eligibility webpage.
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Statewide program provides vouchers for California purchasers of up to $175,000 for zero-emission buses, up to $300,000 for fuel cell buses and Class 7 and 8 trucks, and up to $45,000 for Low NOx 11.9 liter natural gas engines. The program helps offset the higher costs of clean vehicles and additional incentives are available for providing disadvantaged community benefits.
For more information visit California HVIP website

Clean Mobility Incentives

Funding available through projects to improve clean transportation and mobility choices for residents of disadvantaged and low-income communities.

  • $15M going to public school districts
  • Supports transformative emission reduction strategies for transportation options within schools located in disadvantaged communities
  • Increases awareness and access to zero-emission transportation options
  • Places commercially available zero-emission technologies and supporting charging/fueling infrastructure in one or more schools
  • Limited Opportunity: The application window closed October 21, 2019
For more information visit California Climate Investments website

The Clean Mobility Options Program aims to accept Mobility Project Voucher Applications starting at 9:00am PT on October 20, 2020, which will be processed and approved on a first-come, first-served basis. Up to $20 million in total is available for zero-emissions shared mobility projects (such as car sharing, bike sharing, and on-demand sharing) in disadvantaged and low-income communities, including some tribal and affordable housing communities.

  • Eligible public agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations can apply for:
    • Vouchers of up to $1 million for equipment, planning and development, outreach, and operations for mobility projects
    • Of the total $20 million, up to $2 million is set-aside specifically for tribes
  • Free technical assistance is available on an ongoing basis for project and application development
  • Monday, June 1st at 9am PT was the official opening date/time of the application submission window for Community Transportation Needs Assessments as part of the Clean Mobility Voucher Pilot Program (CMO). The window closed on June 2 at 6pm PT

For more information visit Clean Mobility Options website
  • New pilot that takes a community-based approach to overcoming barriers to clean transportation and mobility
  • $19.5 million available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase access to key destinations, and address community residents’ transportation needs by funding planning, clean transportation, and land use projects
For more information visit STEP Progam website

Clean Transportation Demonstration and Pilot Projects

Demonstration and pilot projects aim to transform on-road and off-road fleets to clean technologies by demonstrating new technologies and advancing their commercial viability.

Ride Sharing
California Vanpool Authority (CalVans) - $10.7 million (CARB Contribution)
The California Vanpool Authority (CalVans) helps keep our roadways safe and agribusiness productive by providing agricultural workers living in low-income and disadvantaged communities statewide with safe, affordable and reliable vans for use in driving themselves and others to job sites.
  • Deployed 154, 15-passenger hybrid vans and an additional 111 hybrid vans will be deployed in the spring of 2019 (for a total of 265 hybrid vans)
  • Provides safe, convenient and reliable clean transportation access for agricultural workers living in disadvantaged and low income communities
  • Riders pay a modest fee to ride
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Ride Sharing
Community Bridges - $2.68 million (CARB Contribution)
  • First all-electric paratransit vehicles in Santa Cruz County
  • Replaced two existing gas-powered shuttles with two 16-seat electric shuttles equipped with wheelchair lifts and installed two public-accessible level 2 charging stations
  • Offers free rides to low-income elderly and disabled passengers in need of door-to-door transportation to medical appointments, meal sites, etc.
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Metropolitan Transportation Commission - $2.25 million (CARB Contribution)
Affordable Housing Developments in Richmond, Oakland, and San Jose
  • The projects is in the design phase of development and focused on better understanding residents’ clean transportation and mobility needs, travel behavior, and related concerns in their communities
  • Community transportation needs assessments, consisting of resident surveys, focus groups, and interviews, were completed at each housing development in the summer of 2019 to ensure the selected mobility mix addresses the unique needs of residents
  • The project is anticipated to launch in 2020 and will provide community hubs with tailored clean transportation and mobility options such as electric vehicle car sharing, bike sharing, e-scooter sharing, and free transit passes based on needs assessment findings
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Center for Transportation and the Environment Fuel Cell Bus Project - $22.3 million
Project proposes to build twenty (20) fuel cell electric buses to operate in Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (25 routes) in the Bay Area and the Orange County Transportation Authority (5 routes) in Southern California. The first bus arrived in Summer 2018.
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Battery Electric Drayage Truck Demonstration - $23.7 million
A statewide demonstration of forty-four (44) zero-emission battery electric and plug-in hybrid drayage trucks serving major California ports, including the Ports of Los Angeles and Oakland. The class 8 trucks and charging infrastructure will be used in five air districts (South Coast, Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento, and San Diego) providing emission reduction benefits in key areas of California. The first trucks began operation early in 2018 with a second wave of deployments starting in 2019.
  • This is the first large-scale demonstration of zero-emission Class 8 trucks that involves major manufacturers, including BYD, Kenworth, Peterbilt and Volvo
  • Freight transport in California is a major economic engine for the state but also accounts for about half of toxic diesel particulate matter (PM 2.5), 45 percent of the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) that form ozone and fine particulate matter in the atmosphere, and 6 percent of all GHG emissions in California
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Zero-Emission Hydrogen Ferry Demonstration Project - $3 million
This project will deploy a zero-emission hydrogen fuel ferry potentially providing cargo transportation, excursion cruises, and possibly passenger service, serving the Port of San Francisco, Port of Oakland, Port of Redwood City and the City of Martinez.
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Sustainable Terminals Accelerating Regional Transformation - $50 million
The project will demonstrate what sustainable supply chains of the future can look like: containers delivered by the world’s cleanest vessels, loaded onto zero-emission yard tractors, handled by zero-emission top handlers and rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes, transferred to zero-emission trucks headed for an off-dock cargo-handling facility. Vehicles/Equipment Funded:

Port of Long Beach (All Battery-Electric)
  • 33 Yard Tractors
  • 1 Top Handler
  • 9 Rubber-Tired Gantry Cranes
  • 5 Class 8 Drayage Trucks
Port of Oakland (All Battery-Electric)
  • 5 Yard Tractors
  • 1 Top Handler
  • 10 Class 8 Drayage Trucks
Port of Stockton (All Battery-Electric)
  • 34 Forklifts
  • 1 Rail Car Mover
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