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What is CORE?

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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 off-road equipment in California.

CORE, analogous to the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), is a 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:

  1. Submit monthly telematics for the first three months.
  2. After the initial three-month period, the telematics data must be submitted quarterly until the 3-year project participation period ends.
  3. Telematics data must include the following:
    1. Cumulative Time in Use (hours)
    2. Cumulative Energy Used (kWh)
    3. Percent of Time Operating in:
      • SB 535 Disadvantaged Communities;
      • AB 1550 Low-income Communities;
      • SB 535 Disadvantaged Communities and AB 1550 Low-income Communities;
      • AB 1550 Low-income Communities within a 1/2 mile of a SB 535 Disadvantaged Community;
      • Potential Low-income Households within ½ Mile of Disadvantaged Community
      • Average Energy Discharge Rate During Non-Idle Operation (kW).

Telematics Reporting Documents:

Criteria for Eligibility:

The information below is intended for Heavy-Duty equipment dealers. If you are looking to apply to become a CORE Professional Landscaping equipment dealer, please click HERE.

Any dealer who 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 steps:

  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%. You can make multiple attempts. (You may retake the quiz by clearing your browser’s cache and cookies.)
  3. Submit all the required documentation: W9-Form, Dealer Registration Form, proof of quiz completion, etc.
  4. Notify [email protected] that you have completed all the outlined steps to set up a 30-minute call with a CORE Project Administrator to finalize your approval.

Voucher Request Form Examples:

Below are examples of the information that may be required to successfully submit a voucher request form through the online Voucher Processing Center (VPC). Note: The fields on the sample forms may not accurately reflect the required information on the online VPC.

Criteria for Eligibility:

Any off-road equipment user in California is eligible. If you would like to participate, equipment you purchase must be domiciled and operated 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 eligible CORE-approved equipment.
  • The dealer will submit the voucher request to the Voucher Processing Center (VPC).
  • The equipment purchaser will receive the CORE incentive at the point of sale.