The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved a plan to invest $423 million that the state will receive from the National VW Environmental Trust. The mitigation plan will invest primarily in zero-emission replacements for heavy-duty trucks, buses and equipment. There is also money to reduce emissions at freight facilities and marine projects, and for light-duty vehicle charging.
Senate Bill 92, passed last year, requires that a minimum of 35% of the mitigation investment benefit disadvantaged communities. CARB’s plan allocates about 50% of the available funds to those communities.
The plan provides:
- $130 million for to replace eligible Class 4-8 buses with new, commercially available zero-emission technologies. CARB proposes an incentive of up to $400,000 for a battery-electric school bus; up to $180,000 for a battery-electric transit bus; up to $400,000 for a new fuel cell transit bus; and up to $160,000 for a new battery-electric shuttle bus, each including supporting infrastructure.
- $90 million to replace Class 8 freight trucks and port drayage trucks with new zero-emission technologies. At least four additional manufacturers are expected to introduce zero-emission Class 8 commercial trucks in the next one to three years. CARB proposes a maximum incentive of up to $200,000 per truck, including infrastructure.
- $70 million to replace airport ground support equipment, forklifts, and port cargo handling equipment with zero-emission technologies.
- $60 million to replace Class 7 and 8 freight trucks, including waste haulers, dump trucks, and concrete mixers, or their engines (1992 to 2012 model years); freight switcher locomotives or their engines (pre-Tier 1); and ferry, tugboat, and towboat engines (pre-Tier 3) with the cleanest commercially available internal combustion or hybrid technologies.
“Over the next 10 years this plan will put in place not only tools to clean up VW’s excess emissions, but also to help achieve further reductions of smog-forming pollution for decades to come,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols.