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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 – May 16, 2022 – 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          eNow

Kalmar Ottawa             AEM              Shuttlewagon

ITW                                Dannar          Worldwide Forklifts

BYD                                Wiggins

Freewire                        Zephir-Trackmobile

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.

About CALSTART

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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CORE Workgroup 5.10.2022

Work Group Meeting to Implement Fiscal Year 2021-22 Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) May 10, 2022

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On May 10, 2022, California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff will hold a third public workgroup meeting to further discuss development of CORE. Topics will include an overview of the Implementation Manual (IM) and the zero-emission equipment manufacturer, dealer, and owner voucher application processes. Note that this version of the IM does not include professional landscaping equipment, which is being developed on an independent timeline.

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Background

California Climate Investments Low Carbon Transportation Funding: The Low Carbon Transportation program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program 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. CARB’s Low Carbon Transportation Program is designed to accelerate the transition to low carbon freight and passenger transportation with a priority on providing health and economic benefits to California’s most disadvantaged communities. These investments support the State’s climate change strategy pillars of a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use in vehicles by 2030 and reducing short lived climate pollutants and the Governor’s goal to deploy 5 million zero- emissions vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030. Additionally, these incentives provide important early steps to transform the transportation sector, supporting Governor Newsom’s recent Executive Order N-79-20 calling on the State to accelerate the transformation to a zero-emission transportation fleet. Lastly, these investments reduce ozone precursor emissions and toxic diesel particulate emissions, supporting the State’s goals in these areas.

Since 2013, the Legislature has appropriated a total of over $2.7 billion to CARB for Low Carbon Transportation projects. These funds are being used to fund zero-emission and plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles through CVRP; light-duty vehicle equity projects to increase access to clean transportation in disadvantaged communities and for lower‑income Californians; deployment incentives for clean trucks and buses; and advanced technology demonstration projects for freight trucks and off-road equipment.

Annual Funding Plan: The annual funding plan is each year’s blueprint for expending Low Carbon Transportation and AQIP funds appropriated to CARB in the State budget. The FY 2021-22 Funding Plan covered a total of $1.5 billion in clean transportation appropriated to CARB in the Budget Act of 2021 as amended by SB 129 (Skinner, Chapter 69, Statutes of 2021) and SB 170 (Skinner, Chapter 240, Statutes of 2021).

The FY 2021-2022 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives allocates $194.95 million to CORE to build upon a program that will bring about greater adoption of cleaner, commercially available off-road technologies by providing a streamlined way for fleets ready to purchase specific zero-emission equipment to receive funding. The modifications approved by the Board include an expansion into equipment types beyond freight, including, but not limited to, construction, agriculture, and material handling. In addition, the creation of set asides for small business or sole proprietors to purchase small off-road equipment, including but not limited to, leaf blowers and lawnmowers for professional landscape services.

Air Pollution Control Fund investments have traditionally funded multiple technologies, overcoming deployment barriers, reducing production costs, promoting consumer acceptance, and accelerating technology transfer to other sectors. This program is designed to achieve both immediate emission reductions and, as emphasized in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-79-20, support the transformation of California’s equipment fleet to one that is zero-emitting where feasible. In designing these investments, CARB strives to maximize the benefits for disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households.

CORE will provide vouchers for specified types of zero-emission off-road equipment on a first-come, first‑served basis, with increased incentives for equipment located in disadvantaged communities. CORE accelerates the deployment of cleaner off‑road equipment and benefits the citizens of California by providing immediate criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emission reductions and supporting California’s long-term air quality and climate change goals.

Contact
If you have questions or comments regarding this workgroup, please contact Mr. Todd Sterling, Air Pollution Specialist, at (279) 842-9870. If you require a special accommodation or need this document in an alternate format (i.e. Braille, large print) or another language, please contact CARB via email at [email protected] as soon as possible. TTY/TDD/Speech to Speech users may dial 711 for the California Relay Service.

CORE Workgroup 2.17.2022

Work Group Meeting to Implement Fiscal Year 2021-22 Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE), February 17, 2022

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On Tuesday, February 17, 2022 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) hosted a Workgroup Meeting for the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE). The workgroup reviewed the Board-approved Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives (Funding Plan). Each year, staff conducts additional public process following Board approval of the Funding Plan to define new mechanisms and criteria for the FY while completing annual updates to the Implementation Manual. This workgroup will discuss various topics, such as lessons learned and potential Implementation Manual updates, equipment categories, dealer/manufacturer participation, and other outstanding CORE topics.  CARB staff will take this opportunity to engage with stakeholders with a question-and-answer session.

Background

California Climate Investments Low Carbon Transportation Funding

The Low Carbon Transportation program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program 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. CARB’s Low Carbon Transportation Program is designed to accelerate the transition to low carbon freight and passenger transportation with a priority on providing health and economic benefits to California’s most disadvantaged communities. These investments support the State’s climate change strategy pillars of a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use in vehicles by 2030 and reducing short lived climate pollutants and the Governor’s goal to deploy 5 million zero- emissions vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030. These investments also reduce ozone precursor emissions and toxic diesel particulate emissions, supporting the State’s goals in these areas.

Since 2013, the Legislature has appropriated a total of over $2.7 billion to CARB for Low Carbon Transportation projects. These funds are being used to fund zero-emission and plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles through CVRP; light-duty vehicle equity projects to increase access to clean transportation in disadvantaged communities and for lower‑income Californians; deployment incentives for clean trucks and buses; and advanced technology demonstration projects for freight trucks and off-road equipment.

Annual Funding Plan

The annual funding plan is each year’s blueprint for expending Low Carbon Transportation and AQIP funds appropriated to CARB in the State budget. The FY 2021-22 Funding Plan covered a total of $1.5 billion in clean transportation appropriated to CARB in the Budget Act of 2021 as amended by SB 129 (Skinner, Chapter 69, Statutes of 2021) and SB 170 (Skinner, Chapter 240, Statutes of 2021).

The FY 2021-2022 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives allocates $194.95 million to CORE to build upon a program that will bring about greater adoption of cleaner, commercially available off-road technologies by providing a streamlined way for fleets ready to purchase specific zero-emission equipment to receive funding. The modifications approved by the Board include an expansion into equipment types beyond freight, including, but not limited to, construction, agriculture, and material handling. In addition, the creation of set asides for small business or sole proprietors to purchase small off-road equipment, including but not limited to, leaf blowers and lawnmowers for professional landscape services.

Air Pollution Control Fund investments have traditionally funded multiple technologies, overcoming deployment barriers, reducing production costs, promoting consumer acceptance, and accelerating technology transfer to other sectors. This program is designed to achieve both immediate emission reductions and, as emphasized in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-79-20, support the transformation of California’s equipment fleet to one that is zero-emitting where feasible. In designing these investments, CARB strives to maximize the benefits for disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households.

For more information about the FY 2021-22 Funding Plan, please visit the Funding Plan website.

The CORE Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program 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.

Contact

If you have questions or comments regarding this work group, please contact [email protected].

If you require a special accommodation or need this document in an alternate format (i.e. Braille, large print) or another language, please contact [email protected] as soon as possible. TTY/TDD/Speech to Speech users may dial 711 for the California Relay Service.

CORE Workgroup Flyer

Work Group Meeting to Implement Fiscal Year 2021-22 Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) January 18, 2022

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On Tuesday, January 18, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) hosted a webinar workgroup for the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE). The workgroup was part of the annual public process following Board approval of the Funding Plan to define new mechanisms and criteria for the fiscal year while completing yearly updates to the Implementation Manual. CARB Staff engaged with stakeholders and established protocol to successfully reopen the project after limited funding was exhausted in 2020.If you were unable to attend or wish to revisit the workgroup meeting, please follow the link below to view the recording.

Agenda:   https://bit.ly/3rv0vVD 

Recording: https://bit.ly/347RXMm

Stay informed about upcoming CORE workgroups by registering for CARB’s list serve today: https://bit.ly/3EoaOzZ

Contact

If you have questions or comments regarding this work group, please contact Todd Sterling.

CORE Update Webinar Event Flyer

CORE Update Webinar 7/21/2021

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Interested in learning more about Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) and the off-road industry?

Join our CORE Update Webinar on Wednesday, 7/21 10am-12pm (PT) and come together with industry experts as they provide updates about CORE, Project funding & other funding programs/opportunities.

Open Now: Solicitation for Combustion Freight and Marine Grant Funding in California

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Approximately $26 million in Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust funding is available to entities throughout California for Combustion Freight and Marine Projects. This category is intended to accelerate the replacement of older, higher polluting engines throughout the state of California, including but not limited to areas that are disproportionately impacted by air pollution, such as freight corridors, ports, and rail yards. The funding is now available statewide on a first-come first-served basis until funding is exhausted.

Learn more today: https://bit.ly/3hjs5QB

Now Open for Solicitation: Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Grant Funding in California

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Up to $34 million now available in California Grant Funding for Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Projects on behalf of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Program. Funding is available statewide (CA) on a first-come, first-served basis until September 22, 2021 or until funding is exhausted.

Learn more about this funding opportunity and determine your eligibility today: https://bit.ly/3vwCUUq

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