Northern Region

Counties include: Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Eldorado, Glen, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Sutter, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba

Vehicle Incentives

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

The Sacramento Metro Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) administers the Clean Cars 4 All program in the Sacramento area. This is a traditional vehicle “Scrap & Replace” grant program designed for qualified lower-income participants. The Sacramento program has two components: “Scrap & Replace,” which offers grants up to $9,500 applied towards the purchase of a new or used zero or near-zero emission replacement vehicle, and up to $2,000 for the purchase and installation of an electric vehicle charging system.
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.

Testimonial Video
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 – Sacramento & Yolo Areas)
The Community Housing Development Corporation (CHDC) runs the regional Driving Clean Assistance Program that offers financing assistance towards the purchase of eligible clean vehicles to 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.
Lessons Learned and Project Highlights
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
Testimonial Video

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.

Car Sharing
Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD - $4.36 million (CARB Contribution)
Serves affordable housing communities in the Sacramento region
  • Two-electric vehicles and two chargers are available to residents at each community site
  • Seven community housing sites currently have service, with 4-6 new sites launching by the end of 2019
  • Residents reserve vehicles for up to 3-hours for free or reduced cost to run errands, get to appointments, and take local trips
Lessons Learned and Project Highlights
Testimonial Video
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
Lessons Learned and Project Highlights
Sacramento Regional Zero-Emission School Bus Deployment Project - $7.6 million
Project includes twenty-nine (29) state-of-the-art zero-emission school buses with 29 charging ports. The project will serve as a large-scale success story that battery electric buses best serve school’s transportation needs, substantially reduce GHG emissions, and eliminate toxic emission exposures to children.
Eight (8) eLion zero-emission buses are already in service and picking up students at Twin Rivers School District.
Lessons Learned and Project Highlights
Testimonial Video

Rural School Bus Pilot Project - $10 million
Statewide program to replace older school buses with new cleaner technology options. Funding is also available for charging and/or fueling equipment. The program is designed to give preference to school districts in small and medium sized air districts. The application process is closed.
The project will fund about 30 to 60 new school buses, and is expected to reduce carbon dioxide by 10,000 metric tons.
Lessons Learned and Project Highlights
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
Lessons Learned and Project Highlights
Opposed Piston Engine Class 8 Heavy Duty On-Road Demonstration - $7 million
This project will build and demonstrate opposed piston engine equipped class 8 heavy-duty line haul trucks that will demonstrate the CARB ultra-low NOx emissions target (0.02 g / bhp-hr) with at least a 15% reduction in CO2 when compared to a 2017 commercial vehicle equipped with a current diesel engine.

  • Walmart and Tyson Foods will run these demonstration vehicles in revenue service on regional long haul routes, based from disadvantaged community locations in the central valley and LA area
  • This engine will improve fuel consumption and NOx emissions in segment by 30-50% once mass adoption is achieved
Lessons Learned and Project Highlights