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CARB Reopens CORE Project with $125M in Incentives to Encourage Deployment of Zero-Emission Technology in Off-Road Applications

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CALSTART-administered Project Provides Point-of-sale Discount Vouchers for Zero-Emission Off-Road Heavy-Duty Equipment

PASADENA, CA – What could be done with $125 million to reduce the environmental harm being done by off-road equipment? The California Air Resources Board (CARB) aims to find out and has announced the second round of its Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE), tripling the amount of allocated funding from the previous round for equipment used in agriculture, airport, railyard, port, construction, and marine operations.

CORE first opened in February 2020 and closed that August after the total allocation of $44.6 million was exhausted. Due to high demand, $30 million of the FY 2021-22 allocation was appropriated ahead of CARB’s board meeting to fund vouchers on a contingency list. The project’s relaunch, scheduled to begin in July 2022, will have $125 million in available funds.

CORE is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.

CORE encourages and assists purchasers and lessees of off-road equipment – agricultural tractors, forklifts, airport cargo loaders, container loaders, railcar movers and the like – in acquiring zero-emission versions of this equipment. While conventional internal-combustion engine (ICE) off-road equipment accounts for only a small percentage of all vehicles in California, shifting over to zero-emission equipment can help reduce the significant amount of greenhouse gasses these vehicles release.

The project is streamlined for ease of use. Those who qualify will be provided vouchers by CORE for point-of-sale discounts on off-road equipment, up to a maximum of $500,000 per voucher, and will not have to retire or sell their existing ICE equipment (called a “scrappage” requirement). There will also be additional funding for charging/refueling infrastructure equipment operated in disadvantaged communities and for small businesses.

“California is backing up its commitment to clean the air in overburdened communities with a significant investment in zero-emission vehicles and sustainable transportation,” CARB Deputy Executive Officer Craig Segall said. “CORE is specifically designed to assist industry sectors that currently use off-road equipment and can help clean up the communities hardest hit by air pollution.”

The project, administered by the national clean transportation non-profit CALSTART, is expected to reduce emissions, particularly in the most impacted areas; help build confidence in zero-emission technology in support of CARB strategies and subsequent regulatory efforts; and provide benefits such as technology transferability, reductions in advanced-technology component costs and larger infrastructure investments.

“CORE increases awareness and uptake of zero-emission equipment across many industry sectors and also sends market signals to manufacturers who can bring more of this equipment to the market,” said Niki Okuk, deputy director at CALSTART.  “We are looking forward to the new products coming online and the improvements in emission reductions and air quality.”

There are nine funding categories of zero-emission equipment that CORE supports, including:

  • On- and off-road terminal tractors
  • Truck- and trailer-mounted transport refrigeration units (TRUs)
  • Large forklifts and cargo-handling equipment
  • Airport ground-support equipment
  • Railcar movers and switcher locomotives
  • Mobile power units (MPUs) and mobile shore-power cable management systems
  • Construction equipment
  • Agricultural equipment
  • Commercial harbor craft

The equipment eligible under these categories is manufactured and sold by such companies as:

  • Orange EV
  • Kalmar
  • Kalmar Ottawa
  • ITW
  • Wiggins
  • BYD
  • Dannar
  • AEM
  • Freewire
  • Zephir-Trackmobile
  • Worldwide Forklifts
  • Shuttlewagon
  • eNow

To become an approved CORE manufacture or dealer visit californiacore.org. If you are a purchaser interested in zero-emission equipment visit the project page for more information.

About California Air Resources Board (CARB)

CARB’s mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. CARB is the lead agency for climate change programs and oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health-based air quality standards.


A national nonprofit consortium with offices in New York, Michigan, Colorado, California, Washington, D.C., central Europe and partners world-wide, CALSTART works with 300+ member company and agency innovators to build a prosperous, efficient and clean high-tech transportation industry. We knock down barriers to modernization and the adoption of clean vehicles. CALSTART is changing transportation for good.


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Upcoming CARB Regulatory Training Webinars


Join the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as they inform the public on several new regulatory programs that are needed to meet federal & state ambient air quality standards as well as mandated timelines for reaching carbon neutrality in CA. These programs are going through the public process designed to get input from people and industries affected by the eventual requirements. Learn more about existing regulations and the new programs by signing up for one of CARB’s training sessions.

Training Schedule:

1st session 9/28/2021 @ 1pm: https://bit.ly/3jpMqpq

2nd session 10/12/2021 @ 1pm: https://bit.ly/3zuB35p

3rd session 10/26/2021 @ 1pm: https://bit.ly/2WHwMxb

4th session 11/11/2021 @1pm: https://bit.ly/2V5KIk0


Questions? Check out: https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/offroadzone/landing/training.htm

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Work Group Meeting for the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Long-Term Heavy-Duty Investment Strategy – June 30, 2021


The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to participate in a work group meeting on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22 Long-Term Heavy-Duty Investment Strategy. The Strategy, built upon previous years’ work, is required under Senate Bill 1403, the California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off ‑Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program (Lara, Chapter 370, Statutes of 2018), and includes an update on school buses operating throughout the State. This document will be incorporated into the upcoming FY 2021-22 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives.

Date:                June 30, 2021
Time:                9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Location:          Webinar

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Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle Fueling Infrastructure Forum


As zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) deployments increase, so does the demand for ZEV fueling infrastructure. Recognizing that demand, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) are collectively bringing together public and private partners to provide an overview of the efforts underway in the State to meet this demand and you are invited! Tune in to the Medium- and Heavy-Duty ZEV Fueling Infrastructure Forum, a virtual public webinar on Wednesday, June 2nd. The full meeting agenda can be found on the event website.

Event Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Morning Session: 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT / 12:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET
Afternoon Session: 1 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. ET
Evening Community Session: 5:30 p.m. – 6:35 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. – 9:35 p.m. ET

Register Today: https://bit.ly/3u51Wt0

2021 California Climate Investments Annual Report Released!

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California Climate Investments (CCI) releases 2021 Annual Report! Another record year for CCI – $3.1 billion invested in more than 51,000 projects across California with 1 billion prioritizing underserved and low-income communities. These investments aim to improve public health, fire prevention, affordable housing, and energy efficiency, as well as significant reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases. Read more about how CCI is putting cap and trade dollars to work to improve quality of life for all Californians.

Click here for the full report: https://bit.ly/3xNhjt5

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