California introduces funding for diesel-truck replacement program

Approximately $9 million is available from California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District for truck owners to replace an existing diesel-powered truck with a “zero-emission” truck.

Both public and private companies that own and operate eligible vehicles can apply. Funding is available to replace Class 8 freight trucks, including drayage trucks; waste haulers; dump trucks; and concrete mixers.

The funding is part of the Volkswagen Mitigation Program and is available to eligible entities statewide on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are accepted online with the solicitation closing when all funds have been fully allocated.

Interested truck owners will need the following to apply:

  • Copy of title (no lienholder)
  • Existing and new vehicle/engine information
  • Photos and documentation supporting existing vehicle/engine
  • Vendor quote for new vehicle
  • 12 months of vehicle registration documentation
  • 12 months of insurance documentation
  • 12 months of records showing odometer readings
  • 4 required business documents

Other requirements for funding include:

  • Proof of ownership for at least one year
  • Operate old and new vehicle at least 75 percent of the time within California
  • Existing vehicle must be scrapped
  • New vehicle must be a zero-emission vehicle
  • New vehicle must be certified or verified by CARB
  • Funding cap per entity: 10 percent ($2.7 million)
  • Applicants granted an award must submit annual usage reports for the term of the contract
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