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What is CORE?

How to Participate

Submitting a Voucher

What is CORE?

The California Air Resources Board (CARB), in partnership with CALSTART, launched the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) to accelerate the purchase of zero-emission freight handling equipment in California.

CORE, analogous to the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), is a new project intended to encourage California companies to purchase or lease currently commercialized zero-emission off-road freight equipment by providing a streamlined voucher process to offset the higher cost of such technologies.

CORE voucher amounts are based on the incremental cost difference between traditional equipment and new zero-emission alternatives. Additional funding is available for charging infrastructure, equipment deployed in pollution overburdened communities (DACs), and equipment purchased by small businesses.

How to Participate:
Choose your role in the purchase process

Criteria for Eligibility:

Any manufacturer of equipment that meets California CORE technology eligibility requirements can become a CORE-eligible manufacturer.

Steps for Participating in CORE:

  1. Read and understand the CORE Implementation Manual
  2. Compile documents outlined in Attachment A
  3. Send complete application package to [email protected]
  4. Advise dealers to enroll

Telematics Reporting:

All manufacturers that have sold equipment through CORE are required to submit telematics reports QUARTERLY.

Telematics Reporting Documents:

Criteria for Eligibility:

Any dealer that has an affiliation with a CORE-eligible manufacturer can become an approved CORE dealer. Manufacturers can also fill the role of a dealer for their own equipment.

Steps for Participating in CORE:

Dealers interested in participating in CORE must complete the following tasks:

  1. Email [email protected] regarding your interest in becoming a CORE Approved Dealer.
  2. Take the CORE Dealer Training Quiz. You must pass the quiz with a score of 100%.
  3. Once CORE Dealer Training Quiz has been completed with 100% passing score and all required forms have been fulfilled, notify [email protected] that you have successfully completed all requirements.

Criteria for Eligibility:

Any off-road equipment user in California is eligible. If you would like to participate, the equipment you purchase must be domiciled and operate for at least 3 years in California after the voucher redemption date. Equipment users must also submit activity reports for 3 years.

The size of the fleet does not affect voucher amounts, and equipment users have no limitation on the number of vouchers for which they can apply.

Steps for Participating in CORE:

  1. Select equipment that suits your needs from the equipment catalog.
  2. Contact an eligible dealer.
  3. Provide the dealer with equipment domicile location, small business designation and other information.
  4. Purchase your CORE-discounted equipment.

Review the CORE Implementation Manual for additional information.

Submit A Voucher Request

To submit a voucher request, vehicle purchasers must follow the steps below:

  • Select an eligible equipment technology that fits your business needs from the equipment catalog.
  • Contact an approved dealer to submit a voucher request for an eligible vehicle technology.
  • The dealer will submit the voucher request to the Voucher Processing Center (VPC).
  • The vehicle purchaser will receive the CORE incentive at the point of sale.
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