Article courtesy of Drive to Zero.
PASADENA, Calif. – An innovative online tool that catalogs global zero-emission truck and bus models now makes it easier to identify the vehicles eligible for significant point-of-sale discounts in California and New York. CALSTART’s Zero-Emission Technology Inventory (ZETI) now features Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) and New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP) “badges” on vehicle model descriptions. This new information was added to help raise awareness around the types of vehicles these two leading edge programs support.
“HVIP and NYTVIP put clean commercial vehicles within reach for purchasers by lowering sticker prices tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars per vehicle at the point-of-sale,” said Dr. Cristiano Façanha, Global Director of CALSTART’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero program and campaign (Drive to ZeroTM). “By highlighting HVIP and NYTVIP-eligible vehicles in ZETI, we hope to create a one-stop resource for fleets and small businesses that are in the market for advanced technology vehicles like delivery vans, yard tractors, medium-duty trucks and more.”
Users can access HVIP and NYTVIP eligibility information by clicking ZETI’s vehicle information pages, which also include data about vehicle technology, weight/class, payload, range, storage and availability for purchase.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and CALSTART announced the reopening of HVIP to new voucher requests in June. That reopening made available $84 million to California-based businesses and other purchasers seeking to transform their fleets with new, zero-emission and near-zero-emission clean vehicles. All funds from the first wave – representing funding for more than 700 vehicles – have now been requested. HVIP will open again for additional point-of-sale voucher requests in August. In the meantime, public entities and any drayage vehicles can still request HVIP vouchers now.
Earlier this year, the NYTVIP released $2.5 million in new funding for advanced technology school buses, along with an additional $16 million for clean transit buses. A total of $53.9 million was available for purchasers through the program. Since 2013, NYTVIP has helped put more than 600 clean vehicles on the road. NYTVIP is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and helps make it easier for fleets to adopt clean vehicle technologies to help meet New York State’s nation-leading climate and clean energy goals under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
Adam Ruder, Assistant Director of Clean Transportation, NYSERDA said, “Drive to Zero is an important resource in advancing access to zero-emission vehicles and helping meet New York State’s climate and clean energy goals. The ZETI database is a tool for purchasers to easily identify commercial vehicle eligibility and characteristics.”
Launched in 2020, ZETI is aimed at cataloging models of current and upcoming zero-emission commercial trucks, buses and off-road equipment globally. A first-of-its-kind platform, ZETI creates a foundation for better understanding this developing technology segment.
The Drive to Zero program and campaign unites key regions of change, along with leading manufacturers and fleet users, to collaboratively speed the development and adoption of zero-emission trucks and buses through policies, financial incentives, infrastructure investments and pilot projects that support early market success and create conditions for organic growth. Drive to Zero works collaboratively with the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), Action Towards Climate-friendly Transport (ACT), the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA) and The Climate Group / EV100. It is an official campaign of CEM under the organization’s Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI).
Drive to Zero is now co-leading bilateral talks to adopt a global zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicle (ZE-MHDV) MoU. The proposed global agreement would aim to reach 100 percent ZE-MHDV sales between 2040 and 2050.
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