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Public Workgroup Meeting for the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) Heavy-Duty FY22-23

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has allocated $273 million of Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-23 funding to the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive (CORE) Project, furthering the shift to zero-emission technology in diverse markets, industries, and applications using zero-emission off-road equipment. This year, CARB will continue to build on key efforts to ensure the project operates effectively at this proposed funding level. Staff will continue to engage with stakeholders through a public work group process to update implementation of the program in the following areas:

– Equity and small business considerations
– Funding categories
– Program eligibility metrics
– Zero-emission equipment refueling support

On February 9, 2023, CARB will hold a public workgroup to discuss CORE implementation. Topics will include an overview of the CORE Project, FY 2021-22 voucher funding outcomes, and FY 2022-23 Implementation and projected timeline.

Date:                February 9, 2023Time:                10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (PST)Location:         Zoom

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La nueva categoría de financiamiento de CORE proporciona más de $27 millones de dólares para los profesionales de jardinería de pequeñas empresas

By Funding Updates, Funding Opportunity

A partir del 7 de Noviembre de 2022, los profesionales de jardinería de pequeñas empresas que califiquen pueden comprar cortadoras de césped, sopladoras y otro equipo de jardinería cero emisiones con descuento a través de una nueva categoría de financiamiento que se ofrece a través del Proyecto de Incentivos con cupones para Equipo Todoterreno Limpio (Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project, CORE) del Consejo de Recursos del Aire de California.  Administrado por CALSTART, la nueva categoría de financiamiento del programa CORE tiene una asignación de más de $27 millones de dólares de fondos de cupones para servicios profesionales de jardinería operados por pequeñas empresas o propietarios únicos.

CALSTART administra el programa CORE y su nueva categoría de financiamiento para CARB.  CARB anunció por primera vez esta nueva oportunidad de financiamiento en octubre.

“Los jardineros profesionales a menudo operan con márgenes de ganancias muy ajustados y pueden tener dificultades para actualizarse a una nueva tecnología”, dijo Jacob Whitson, gerente de programa de CALSTART, “Los nuevos incentivos de vales para jardinería de CORE les permitirán adoptar más fácilmente equipos profesionales de cero emisiones para sus negocios, mientras que a su vez insta a los fabricantes a expandir sus ofertas en este mercado”.

“Este nuevo equipo más limpio y silenciosocon amplia disponibilidad  elimina la exposición a gases nocivos para los profesionales que operan estas máquinas y para cualquier persona cercana”, dijo Sydney Vergis, jefa de la División de Control de Fuentes Móviles de CARB. “Los fondos de los incentivos del proyecto CORE ayudarán a que más equipos de cero emisiones lleguen a las manos de los profesionales de la jardinería, al mismo tiempo que ayudan a California a cumplir sus objetivos climáticos y de aire limpio”.

Los compradores de equipos pueden solicitar cupones para los siguientes tipos de equipo de jardineríaa partir de hoy, 7 de noviembre de 2022:

  • Bordeadoras
  • Cortasetos
  • Desbrozadoras
  • Motosierras
  • Sierras de pértiga
  • Aspiradoras
  • Sopladoras de hojas portátiles
  • Sopladoras de hojas de mochila
  • Podadoras de empuje
  • Podadoras con operador a bordo/de pie
  • Baterías
  • Cargadores
  • Equipo de administración de energía

El sitio web de CORE presenta una lista de fabricantes de equipos de servicio de jardinería de cero emisiones aprobados y una lista de distribuidores autorizados en todo California y otros estados.

Para reunir los requisitos para los cupones, las pequeñas empresas deben ofrecer servicios de jardinería que ayuden a reparar, instalar o subcontratar el desarrollo de sistemas e instalaciones de jardinería para jardines públicos y privados y otras áreas que están diseñadas para mejorar estética, arquitectónica, hortícola o funcionalmente los terrenos dentro o alrededor de una estructura o una extensión o parcela de tierra. Además, la empresa debe ser de propiedad y operación independientes con una oficina principal que se encuentre en California. Finalmente, la empresa debe tener 100 empleados o menos y un promedio de ingresos brutos anuales de $15 millones de dólares o menos durante los tres años anteriores.

Para promover una amplia aplicación de los fondos CORE, se reservarán $10 millones de dólares de la asignación total de fondos durante 180 días naturales para garantizar que las microempresas tengan acceso a participar. Los $17 millones de dólares restantes se reservarán para pequeñas empresas.

Para enviar una solicitud para un cupón, los compradores de los vehículos deben seleccionar el equipo del catálogo y comunicarse con un distribuidor aprobado para enviar una solicitud de cupón. El concesionario enviará la solicitud de cupón al Centro de Procesamiento de cupones y el comprador del vehículo recibirá el incentivo CORE en el punto de venta.

Se han asignado otros $17.2 millones de dólares en fondos de cupones para equipo de trabajo pesado para las categorías de equipos agrícolas y de construcción respaldadas por CORE, que incluyen: cabezas tractoras terminales, unidades de refrigeración para transporte montadas en camiones y remolques, montacargas grandes y equipo de manejo de carga, unidades de energía móviles, equipos de apoyo en tierra para aeropuertos, embarcaciones comerciales portuarias y transportadores de vagones y locomotoras de cambio. La primera ronda de CORE dio como resultado más de 460 cupones para vehículos y equipos de suministro de vehículos eléctricos por un total de más de $62 millones de dólares, siendo las cabezas tractoras de terminal el tipo de equipo más solicitado. La segunda ronda de CORE se lanzó en julio de 2022 y tuvo una gran demanda. Actualmente, hay financiamiento disponible. Visite https://californiacore.org/ticker/ para obtener más información.

New CORE Funding Category Provides More Than $27 million for Small Business Landscape Professionals

By Funding Updates, Funding Opportunity

Starting November 7, 2022, qualified small business landscape professionals can purchase discounted zero-emission lawn mowers, blowers and other landscape equipment through a new category of funding offered through the California Air Resources Board’s Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE). Administered by CALSTART, the CORE program’s new funding category has an allocation of more than $27 million of voucher funds for professional landscape services operated by small businesses or sole proprietors.

CALSTART administers the CORE program and its new funding category for CARB. CARB first announced this new funding opportunity in October.

“Professional landscapers often operate on very tight profit margins and can find it challenging to upgrade to new technology,” said Jacob Whitson, CALSTART’s lead project manager, “CORE’s new landscape voucher incentives will allow them to more easily adopt zero-emission professional equipment for their businesses, while in turn encouraging manufacturers to expand their offerings in this market.”

“Now widely available, this new cleaner, quieter equipment eliminates exposure to harmful fumes for the professionals operating these machines, and for anyone nearby,” said Sydney Vergis, chief of CARB’s Mobile Source Control Division. “The CORE project incentive funds will help get more zero-emission equipment into the hands of landscape professionals — while also helping California meet its clean air and climate goals.”

Equipment purchasers can request vouchers for the following types of landscape equipment starting today, November 7, 2022:

  • Edgers
  • Hedgers
  • String trimmers
  • Chainsaws
  • Pole saws
  • Vacuums
  • Handheld leaf blowers
  • Backpack leaf blowers
  • Walk-behind mowers
  • Ride-on/Stand-ride mowers
  • Batteries
  • Chargers
  • Power management equipment

CORE’s website features both a list of approved zero-emission landscape service equipment manufacturers and a list of approved dealers throughout California and other states.

To be considered for voucher eligibility, small businesses must offer landscape services that help repair, install, or subcontract the development of landscape systems and facilities for public and private gardens and other areas that are designed to aesthetically, architecturally, horticulturally, or functionally improve the grounds within or surrounding a structure or a tract or plot of land. Additionally, the business must be independently owned and operated with a principal office located in California. Finally, the company must have 100 or fewer employees and average annual gross receipts of $15 million or less over the previous three years.

To promote broad application of CORE funding, $10 million of the total funding allocation will be set aside for 180 calendar days to ensure microbusinesses have access to participate. The remaining $17 million will be set aside for small businesses.

To submit a voucher request, vehicle purchasers must select eligible equipment from the equipment catalog and contact an approved dealer to submit a voucher request. The dealer will submit the voucher request to the Voucher Processing Center and the vehicle purchaser will receive the CORE incentive at the point of sale.

Another $125 million in heavy-duty voucher funds have been allocated for construction and agriculture equipment categories supported by CORE, including: terminal tractors, truck- and trailer-mounted transport refrigeration units, large forklifts and cargo-handling equipment, mobile power units, airport ground-support equipment, commercial harbor craft and railcar movers and switcher locomotives. The first round of CORE resulted in over 460 vouchers for vehicles and electric vehicle supply equipment totaling over $62 million, with terminal tractors being the most requested equipment type. The second round of CORE launched in July of 2022 and saw high demand. Currently, there is funding available. Visit https://californiacore.org/ticker/ to learn more.

CORE Workgroup Flyer 9.21.2022

Public Workgroup #4 Meeting – Professional Landscape Service Equipment

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The Fiscal Year 2021-22 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives allocated $194.95 million to the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE).  CORE is intended to accelerate the adoption of cleaner, commercially available off-road technologies by providing a streamlined way for fleets ready to purchase specific zero-emission equipment. In addition to freight, this year CORE has expanded to include incentive funding for construction, agriculture, and marine zero-emission equipment. Included in the total funding allocation for CORE for Fiscal Year 2021-22 is $30 million from Senate Bill 170 directing CARB to establish a statewide program for incentivizing the purchase of zero-emission professional landscaping equipment for small-businesses and sole proprietors.

On August 29, 2022, California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff held a public workgroup meeting to present a draft “Attachment D – Professional Landscape Service Equipment – CORE Implementation Manual (IM)” for California small businesses or sole proprietor landscapers. Please see below for the meeting agenda, PPT presentation and IM.

Contact

If you have qustions or comments regarding this work group, please contact Mr. Eloy Florez, Air Pollution Specialist, at (951) 542-3166. 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.

Servicios de interpretación 

El 29 de agosto de 2022, el personal del Consejo de Recursos del Aire de California (CARB) llevo a cabo una reunión pública para presentar un borrador del “Adjunto D, El Manual de Implementación” para equipos profesionales de paisajismo y empresas pequeñas de paisajistas operando en California. Adicionalmente, se busca comentarios para el desarrollo del Programa de incentivos para equipos todoterreno limpios (CORE, por sus siglas en ingles).

Esta junta se llevo a cabo en inglés con servicios de interpretación en español.  Sus preguntas, comentarios, y respuestas se usarán para el desarrollo de este proyecto y serán traducidas para el beneficio de todos los participantes.  Para más información favor de contactar a Sr. Eloy Florez, Especialista de Contaminación del Aire, al (951) 542-3166.

CORE Workgroup Flyer 8.29.2022

Public Workgroup #3 Meeting – Professional Landscape Service Equipment

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The Fiscal Year 2021-22 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives allocated $194.95 million to the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE).  CORE is intended to accelerate the adoption of cleaner, commercially available off-road technologies by providing a streamlined way for fleets ready to purchase specific zero-emission equipment. In addition to freight, this year CORE has expanded to include incentive funding for construction, agriculture, and marine zero-emission equipment. Included in the total funding allocation for CORE for Fiscal Year 2021-22 is $30 million from Senate Bill 170 directing CARB to establish a statewide program for incentivizing the purchase of zero-emission professional landscaping equipment for small-businesses and sole proprietors.

On August 29, 2022, California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff will hold a public workgroup meeting to present a draft “Attachment D – Professional Landscape Service Equipment – CORE Implementation Manual” for California small businesses or sole proprietor landscapers.

This meeting will be webcast via Zoom. To participate in the work group meeting, please register before 3:50 p.m. on August 28, 2022. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information to join the webinar either through a computer, digital device, or via conference line. Each meeting link in the confirmation email is unique so please do not share it with others. Every person who wishes to participate needs to register separately and use the unique link sent to them to access the webinar. Please note that there is no in-person attendance option for this meeting. This meeting will be recorded. A link to the recording will be available after the meeting date on the Low Carbon Transportation Investments and Air Quality Improvement Program website. The discussion material which will be posted no later than August 28, 2022.

Contact

If you have qustions or comments regarding this work group, please contact Mr. Eloy Florez, Air Pollution Specialist, at (951) 542-3166. 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.

Servicios de interpretación 

El 29 de agosto de 2022, el personal del Consejo de Recursos del Aire de California (CARB) llevará a cabo una reunión pública para presentar un borrador del “Adjunto D, El Manual de Implementación” para equipos profesionales de paisajismo y empresas pequeñas de paisajistas operando en California. Adicionalmente, se busca comentarios para el desarrollo del Programa de incentivos para equipos todoterreno limpios (CORE, por sus siglas en ingles).

Esta junta se llevará a cabo en inglés con servicios de interpretación en español.  Sus preguntas, comentarios, y respuestas se usarán para el desarrollo de este proyecto y serán traducidas para el beneficio de todos los participantes.  Para más información favor de contactar a Sr. Eloy Florez, Especialista de Contaminación del Aire, al (951) 542-3166.

$125M in Incentives for Off-Road Zero-Emission Equipment Available through the California CORE Project

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Vouchers for Tractors, Forklifts, Construction Equipment and More Help Reduce Emissions and Improve Air Quality

PASADENA, CA – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) opens the second round of its Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) today, providing point-of-sale discounts on off-road zero-emission equipment. The project is administered by CALSTART and has $125M in funding available, more than double the amount allocated to the project when it first launched in January 2020. Originally only for freight, in 2022, CORE is expanding to include funding for the commercial harbor craft and agriculture and construction sectors.

Participation in the project has been streamlined for ease of use, and key elements include:

  • Qualified participants will receive vouchers for point-of-sale discounts on off-road zero-emission equipment, up to a maximum of $500,000 per voucher
  • There is no requirement to “scrap,” sell, or retire existing equipment
  • Additional funding may be available for charging/refueling infrastructure, equipment operated in disadvantaged communities, and small businesses

“California is backing up its commitment to clean the air in overburdened communities and carry out the direction of the Governor’s Executive Order 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 streamlined process incorporates feedback from program participants and we are anticipating significant interest in this second round,” said Niki Okuk, deputy director at CALSTART.  “The industry is continuing its transition to zero-emissions and CORE provides a clear market signal that helps bring new products to the market.”

CORE supports the following nine equipment categories:

  • 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 first round of CORE resulted in over 460 vouchers for vehicles and electric vehicle supply equipment totaling over $62 million, with terminal tractors being the most requested equipment type.

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, improving public health and the environment, and providing meaningful benefits to the most disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households.

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.

 

Public Workgroup Meeting for the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE)

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CORE Workgroup Flyer

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved $194.95 million for the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Program (CORE) in the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives in November 2021. CORE is intended to accelerate the adoption of cleaner, commercially available off-road technologies by providing a streamlined way for fleets ready to purchase specific zero-emission equipment. In addition to freight, this year CORE is expanding to include incentive funding for construction, agriculture, and professional landscaping equipment for small-business and sole proprietors. Legislatively, $30 million was dedicated to support small businesses and sole proprietors in purchasing zero-emission, commercial grade landscaping equipment.

On June 22, 2022, California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff will hold a public workgroup meeting to further discuss development of CORE. Topics will include an overview of the CORE program overview, professional landscapers’ participation, define small businesses, an overview of the zero-emission landscape equipment, and manufacturer, dealer, and owner voucher application processes.

This meeting will be webcast via Zoom. To participate in the work group meeting, please register before 3:50 p.m. on June 22, 2022. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information to join the webinar either through a computer, digital device, or via conference line. Each meeting link in the confirmation email is unique so please do not share it with others. Every person who wishes to participate needs to register separately and use the unique link sent to them to access the webinar. Please note that there is no in-person attendance option for this meeting. This meeting will be recorded. A link to the recording will be available after the meeting date on the Low Carbon Transportation Investments and Air Quality Improvement Program website. The discussion material which will be posted no later than June 22, 2022.

Date: June 22, 2022

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (PST)

Location: Zoom

All participants will have an opportunity to comment. The meeting may end prior to the specified end time if all questions and comments are addressed prior to the designated webinar end time. If the agenda is not completed, a subsequent meeting will be scheduled. Stakeholders interested in joining the CORE information distribution can click here to subscribe.

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 (ZEV) 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 Fiscal Year (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 Senate Bill (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. 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 work group, please contact Mr. Eloy Florez, Air Pollution Specialist, at (951) 542-3166. 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.

Servicios de interpretación

El 22 de junio de 2022, el personal del Consejo de Recursos del Aire de California (CARB) llevará a cabo una reunión pública para presentar información y colectar comentarios para el desarrollo del Programa de incentivos de cupones para equipos todoterreno limpios (CORE, por sus siglas en ingles). Las temas de la junta incluirán una descripción general del programa CORE, la participación de los paisajistas profesionales, la definición de pequeñas empresas, una descripción general del equipo de paisajismo de cero emisiones y los procesos de solicitud de cupones del fabricante, el distribuidor y el propietario.

Esta junta se llevará a cabo en inglés con servicios de interpretación en español. Sus preguntas, comentarios, y respuestas se usarán para el desarrollo de este proyecto y serán traducidas para el beneficio de todos los participantes. Para más información favor de contactar a Sr. Eloy Florez, Especialista de Contaminación del Aire, al (951) 542-3166.

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Public Work Group Meeting for the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE)

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THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved $194.95 million for the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Program (CORE) in the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives in November 2021. CORE is intended to accelerate the adoption of cleaner, commercially available off-road technologies by providing a streamlined way for fleets ready to purchase specific zero-emission equipment. In addition to freight, this year CORE is expanding to include incentive funding for construction, agriculture, and professional landscaping equipment for small-business and sole proprietors. Legislatively, $30 million was dedicated to support small businesses and sole-proprietors in purchasing zero-emission, commercial grade landscaping equipment.

On June 2, 2022, CARB staff held a public work group meeting to further discuss development of CORE as it pertains to the $30 million to support small businesses and sole proprietors in purchasing zero-emission, commercial grade landscaping equipment. The agenda for the meeting will be posted on the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project website.

CORE Workgroup Presentation

CORE Workgroup Agenda

Stakeholders interested in joining the CORE information distribution can click here to subscribe.


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 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.

More Information

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.

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

By Program Updates, Funding Updates, Funding Opportunity

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.

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 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].

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