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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 and equipment deployed in pollution overburdened communities (DACs).

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 CORE@arb.ca.gov
  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 vendor that has an affiliation with a CORE-eligible manufacturer can become a CORE-certified dealer. Manufacturers can also fill the role of dealer for their own equipment.

Steps for Participating in CORE:

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

  1. Review the following training material: 1.) Implementation Manual; 2.) Voucher Funding Tables; 3.) Voucher Request Instructions; 4.) Voucher Redemption Checklist
  2. Email info@californiacore.org regarding your interest in becoming a CORE Approved Dealer.
  3. Take the CORE Dealer Training Quiz. You must pass the quiz with a score of 100%.
  4. Print and sign the Dealer Registration Form as well as the Department of Treasury IRS W-9 Form. Please email a scanned copy of the forms to info@californiacore.org before mailing the original copy to:

48 S. Chester Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106

Equipment User

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 catalog below.
  2. Contact an affiliated vendor(s) ­– they are trained to apply for and process the CORE voucher
  3. Provide the vendor with equipment domicile location and other information
  4. Purchase your CORE-discounted equipment!

Be sure to review the CORE Implementation Manual

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 list above.
  • Contact a CORE-Approved Vendor to submit a voucher request for an eligible vehicle technology.
  • Sign the Purchaser Terms & Conditions form.
  • The vendor or 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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