Projects in Action

Cap-and-Trade dollars are helping California transition to cleaner transportation options – from improving consumer access to passenger cars to supporting the development of cleaner commercial trucks and equipment that operate throughout the state. Below are highlights from each of these categories.

Light-Duty Vehicle Investments

This category of projects increases the number of clean cars on California’s roadways and increases access to clean vehicles in disadvantaged communities and for lower-income households.

The Clean Cars 4 All program (formerly known as the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Plus-Up Program – EFMP+) has been available in the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Replace Your Ride, and San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Tune In and Tune Up, since July 1, 2015. The program statistics below represent data reported from the start of this program through September 30, 2017.

  • Replaced 2,660 vehicles in the South Coast Air District (65%) and San Joaquin Valley Air District (35%)
  • Of the 2,660 replacement vehicles:
    • 416 (16%) are battery electric vehicles (BEV)
    • 831 (31%) are plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV)
    • 1,052 (40%) are conventional hybrid electric vehicles (HEV)
    • 359 (13%) are fuel-efficient gasoline engine vehicles
    • 2 (<1%) are for alternate mobility options
    • 97% of participants live in or near a disadvantaged community (in a zip code containing a disadvantaged community)
    • 91% of all participants have household incomes equal to or less than 225% of the federal poverty level
In fiscal year 2017-2018, an approved budget of $20 million will help expand the program to disadvantaged communities in other parts of California.
Provides consumers with vehicle rebates on a first-come, first-served basis for new passenger plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or battery electric vehicles (BEV). The program is available to California residents that meet income eligibility requirements and California based businesses. Consumers with household incomes less than or equal to 300 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for an increased rebate amount.

As of January 9, 2018, the rebate program has:
  • Provided 218,528 rebates throughout California
  • 15,765 rebates have been issued to individuals that reside and businesses based within a disadvantaged community
  • An interactive graphical tool that provides access to additional, current data is available at:
In fiscal year 2017-2018, an approved budget of $140 million will help allow the rebate program to continue. The program now includes new income eligibility limits and higher rebates for low-income consumers, including an additional $25 million specifically for lower-income consumers.
Financing assistance helps eligible consumers access loans to buy or lease a new or used clean vehicle, such as a conventional hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), or battery electric vehicle (BEV) at a reduced price.

In 2016, a small financing assistance pilot project was launched in the Bay Area.
  • The $900,000 project combines a loan loss reserve program with vehicle price buy-down.
  • The goal is to provide 100 loans for clean vehicles through 2018.
In 2016-2017, a budget of $6 million was approved to fund local financing assistance projects and to help launch a statewide financing assistance program.
The program is intended to help launch car sharing services that use clean transportation options, including plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or battery electric vehicles (BEV), and serve disadvantaged communities.

Since 2014, $3.1 million is being used to develop two car sharing services in Los Angeles and Sacramento. Both programs are expected to launch in early 2017.

  • City of Los Angeles, “Los Angeles Leading by Example,” will provide 100 BEVs and 200 charging stations in disadvantaged communities currently not served by car sharing programs. The program is expected to serve over 7,000 residents.
  • Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD, “Our Community Car Share Sacramento” will provide eight electric vehicles and charging stations for a car sharing system in three disadvantaged community subsidized housing projects. The program is expected to serve up to 2,000 residents.

In 2016-2017, an approved budget of $8 million will help launch additional car sharing and mobility option services in other disadvantaged communities and expand existing projects.
Agricultural Worker Vanpools in the San Joaquin Valley is a new pilot project that will provide expanded access to reliable, clean transportation vanpools for agricultural workers in the San Joaquin Valley’s disadvantaged communities. In 2016-2017, $3 million has been allocated but has not yet been awarded to help launch this project.
Increased public fleet incentives is a set-aside within the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) that provides increased incentives for public entities that own and operate vehicles in disadvantaged communities. The Public Fleet Pilot Project rebate replaces the standard CVRP rebate for eligible public entities and offers rebates of up to $15,000 for fuel cell electric vehicles, $10,000 for battery electric vehicles, and $5,250 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

In 2016-2017, $3 million has been allocated to public fleet projects. The program is anticipated to begin accepting applications in February 2017.