ARB Clean Vehicle Rebate Project and Public Fleet Pilot Project for 2016-17


The California Air Resources Board (ARB or the Board) is pleased to announce its grant solicitation for an administrator to implement the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) and Increased Incentives for Public Fleets in Disadvantaged Communities (Public Fleet Pilot Project) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17.

The solicitation includes the option for new Grant Agreements for each of the following two fiscal years (FY 2017-18 and FY 2018-19).  Contingent upon Board approval to implement the modifications to the FY 2016-17 Funding Plan for the Low Carbon Transportation Investments and Air Quality Improvement Program (Funding Plan), the current funding available is $78 million for CVRP and up to $3 million for the Public Fleet Pilot Project, with a total of up to $81 million.  The inclusion of the Public Fleet Pilot Project is specifically contingent upon the Board allocating up to $3 million to the Public Fleet Pilot Project.

CVRP is intended to encourage and accelerate zero- and near-zero emission, on-road light-duty vehicle deployment and technology innovation.  This project currently provides rebates for California purchasers and lessees of up to $6,500 for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), up to $4,000 for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), up to $3,000 for plug-in hybrid electric light-duty vehicles (PHEVs), and up to $900 for zero-emission motorcycles (ZEMs) on a first-come, first-served basis.  These rebate amounts have not been updated to reflect recently adopted legislation and are subject to change.  In addition, the Public Fleet Pilot Project provides increased incentives for public fleets located in or serving disadvantaged communities.  Rebates offered to public fleets located in or serving disadvantaged communities are up to $15,000 for FCEVs, $10,000 for BEVs, and $5,250 for PHEVs.

This solicitation is open to federal, state or local government entities or agencies, and California nonprofit organizations with expertise implementing a grant program and general knowledge of ARB’s clean vehicle programs.  Applications are due to ARB no later than 5:00 p.m. (PST), November 4, 2016.

ARB will hold two Applicant Teleconferences, at which time staff will be available to answer questions potential applicants may ave regarding eligibility, application completion, and other requirements.  The first teleconference is to address preliminary questions.  The second teleconference will confirm Board approval of the inclusion of the Public Fleet Pilot Project and address any other final questions.

Preliminary Applicant Teleconference
Date:           October 11, 2016
Time:           10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (PST)
*Call-In Number:        888-946-4714
*Passcode:              69739

Final Applicant Teleconference
Date:           October 25, 2016
Time:           10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (PST)
*Call-In Number:        800-369-3314
*Passcode:              51271

*Note: Call-in numbers and passcodes may change.  Should a change occur, the new call-in number and passcode will be listed on ARB’s webpage at  Potential applicants are encouraged to confirm the call-in number and passcode by visiting the listed website prior to each teleconference.

The questions and answers from both Applicant Teleconferences and any questions received via email will be posted on the ARB webpage at ARB will not respond to questions regarding this solicitation after the Final Applicant Teleconference has taken place.

The grant solicitation and all associated documents may be found on ARB’s webpage at

For more information about CVRP, please visit:

For more information about AQIP, please visit:

For more information about the Fiscal Year 2016-17 Funding Plan for the Air Quality Improvement Program and Low Carbon Transportation Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Investments, please go to:

If you have questions regarding this grant solicitation, please contact Ms. Sara Dastoum at or (916) 323-1696.

The Air Resources Board Clean Vehicle Rebate Project is designed to promote the purchase of battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and fuel cell electric vehicles.  Rebates are available for individuals, nonprofits, government entities, and business owners who purchase or lease an eligible vehicle.  Approximately 153,000 rebates have been issued to date, totaling about $327 million.


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