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Administered by CSE for the California Air Resources Board, the Increased Incentives for Public Fleets in Disadvantaged Communities (Public Fleet Pilot Project) offers up to $15,000 in rebates for the purchase of new, eligible zero-emission and plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicles. The Public Fleet Pilot Project replaces standard CVRP rebates with increased incentives for public agencies operating in California’s most vulnerable and pollution-burdened areas.

 

Rebate Schedule
Vehicle Type Max. Rebate Amount
Fuel-cell electric vehicle $15,000
Battery or range-extended electric vehicle $10,000
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle $5,250

Whether your fleet is planning to acquire an eligible vehicle, has ordered a vehicle, or has already taken delivery of a vehicle, you can apply here to reserve rebate funds. Eligibility is based on the location of the facility where the vehicle will be domiciled and where it will be primarily operated.

Check your ZIP code in the tool provided to see if you are eligible. If your fleet is not eligible for this pilot project, you may still be eligible for the standard CVRP rebates. Click “Apply for a fleet rebate” above to see the complete list of eligible vehicles or to begin the application process.

Eligibility Check

Public fleet pilot project FAQs

General Questions

What is the Increased Incentives for Public Fleets in Disadvantaged Communities Pilot Project (Public Fleet Pilot Project)?

The Public Fleet Pilot Project 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.

Who is eligible for the Public Fleet Pilot Project?

Only public entities with light-duty vehicles located in one or more disadvantaged communities are eligible for the Public Fleet Pilot Project. For the purposes of this project, a public entity is defined in California Government Code section 811.2 and includes the state, the Regents of the University of California, the Trustees of the California State University and the California State University, a county, city, district, public authority, public agency, and any other political subdivision or public corporation in the State.  Tribal government entities based in California are also eligible. Non-California public entities (e.g., federal, international) are not eligible to participate.

What is a disadvantaged community?

A disadvantaged community is identified by CalEPA based on pollution burden and population characteristics data compiled in the CalEnviroScreen tool. Maps, zip codes and listings of disadvantaged communities are available at http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/535investments.htm.

What does it mean to serve a disadvantaged community?

To be considered eligible for the Public Fleet Pilot Project, a fleet must own and operate an eligible vehicle for the required 30 month ownership term, in accordance with the following criteria for benefiting a disadvantaged community, a vehicle must: a) be domiciled at a facility within the boundaries of a ZIP code containing at least one disadvantaged community census tract; or b) meet other criteria as defined by CARB’s Interim Guidance to Agencies Administering Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Monies available for download at http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/535investments.htm.

How do I find out if my agency is eligible for the Public Fleet Pilot Project?

All vehicles incentivized through the Public Fleet Pilot Project must be domiciled in a ZIP code containing a designated disadvantaged community census tract. Prospective applicants can use the ZIP code checker tool on the Public Fleet Pilot Project homepage to see if the ZIP code of their vehicle domicile address is eligible for Public Fleet Pilot Project rebates. At least 50% of Public Fleet Pilot Project funding is reserved for vehicles domiciled directly within designated disadvantaged community census tracts. Disadvantaged community census tracts are identified by CalEPA. Lists and interactive maps are available at http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/535investments.htm.

How much funding is available for the Public Fleet Pilot Project?

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project includes a $3 million set aside for the Public Fleet Pilot Project. You can check how much funding has been reserved or dispersed and how much is still available at the Public Fleet Pilot Project funding page.

Which vehicles are eligible for the Public Fleet Pilot Project?

There are two major categories of vehicles eligible for grant funding under the Public Fleet Pilot Project: light-duty zero-emission vehicles and light-duty plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. 

Light-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEVs)
Vehicles in the ZEV category include electric-drive, all-battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) up to 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).  For the purposes of the Public Fleet Pilot Project, ZEVs are categorized as defined in the California Zero-Emission Vehicle Regulation sections 1962 and 1962.1, Title 13, California Code of Regulations (CCR).  The range extended battery electric vehicle (BEVx) is a regulatory vehicle category that was approved by the Board in January 2012 and was included as a zero-emission vehicle type in June 2012 as part of the FY 2012-13 AQIP Funding Plan approval.  In the FY 2014-15 Funding Plan, the BEVx continues to be an approved zero-emission vehicle type for Public Fleet Pilot Project.

Light-Duty Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)
PHEVs are hybrid electric vehicles that have zero-emission vehicle range capability, an on-board electrical energy storage device, and an on-board charger, and are rechargeable from an external connection to an off-board electrical source.  Rebate-eligible PHEVs include only those meeting Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) tailpipe-emission standards, have a 15-year 150,000 mile warranty on emission-control components, and have zero evaporative emissions from its fuel system.

The complete list of eligible vehicles is available on the Public Fleet Pilot Project homepage. Neighborhood electric vehicles and zero-emission motorcycles are not eligible for the Public Fleets Pilot Project.

How many rebates can each public entity receive?

Each individual public entity – as defined by valid Taxpayer Identification Number or other CARB-approved identification – is limited to 30 rebates per calendar year.  This limit is independent from the 30 rebate per calendar year limit on Clean Vehicle Rebate Project rebates for public entities, which is counted separately. CARB reserves the right to adjust rebate limits throughout the fiscal year to account for variable funding demand.

Can I get the Public Fleet Pilot Project rebate and the CVRP rebate?

No, the Public Fleet Pilot Project rebate replaces the CVRP rebate. Applicants cannot receive both rebates for the same vehicle. However, applicants deemed ineligible for the Public Fleet Pilot Project may still apply for the CVRP.

Are federal public entities eligible for Public Fleet Pilot Project rebates?

No, federal agencies are not eligible for Public Fleet Pilot Project rebates.

Are leased vehicles eligible for Public Fleet Pilot Project rebates?

No, only purchased vehicles are eligible for Public Fleet Pilot Project rebates.

Application Process

How and when do I reserve my rebate?

Eligible entities can apply to reserve Public Fleet Pilot Project rebate funds at any point along the purchase process. The first step is to submit an online application at energycenter.org/PFP and follow up with the required supporting documentation in order to reserve rebate funds.

Can I apply before my vehicle is delivered?

Yes, public entities which have formal plans to acquire eligible vehicles or have ordered eligible vehicles and are awaiting delivery can apply to reserve funds if the expected delivery date is within six months of original application.

What happens if my vehicle acquisition plans change after reserving a rebate?

Applicants must inform CSE of any alterations to vehicle acquisition and deployment plans. CSE will take appropriate action to alter the rebate reservation or cancel the rebate reservation(s).

Can I apply after I’ve taken delivery of the vehicle?

Yes, public entities may apply within six months of taking possession of an eligible vehicle on or after July 1, 2014. Applications received more than six months after vehicle delivery date will not be eligible for Public Fleet Pilot Project rebates.

Where should I send my supporting documentation?

All supporting documentation can be emailed to publicfleets@energycenter.org or mailed to CSE’s offices at the following address:

Attn: Public Fleet Pilot Project
Center for Sustainable Energy
9325 Sky Park Court, Suite #100
San Diego, CA 92123

How long will it take to get my rebate check?

The distribution of this rebate will be made within 90 calendar days of application approval, contingent upon availability of funds. 

What are my responsibilities after receiving the rebate?

Recipients must retain ownership of the vehicle in California for a minimum of 30 consecutive months immediately after the vehicle purchase date.  Recipients will also be required to submit annual vehicle usage reports to the Administrator for all rebated vehicles for a period of at least 30 months.  Required data may include but is not limited to mileage reporting, annual fuel use by fuel type and percentage of operation within disadvantaged communities (guidance will be provided upon request). Recipients should also notify the administrator if there is a change of vehicle domicile location.

I want more detailed information about the Public Fleet Pilot Project. Can I get a copy of the Implementation Manual?

Yes. You can download a copy of the Public Fleet Pilot Project Implementation Manual, which contains the detailed guidelines for the project.

Additional Incentives

Can the Public Fleet Pilot Project be combined with other incentive programs?

Yes, Public Fleet Pilot Project rebates can be combined with federal, state, or local agency incentives to help further buy-down an eligible vehicle’s cost.

What other incentives are available to help my fleet acquire clean vehicles?

Additional incentives vary by location and type of incentive. To learn more about what is available and how to apply, please visit the California Air Resources Board's Drive Clean Buying Guide. For more information about the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, visit cleanvehiclerebate.org.