Zero-Emission Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Pilot Loan Program

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Zero-Emission Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Pilot Loan Program

By California Air Resources Board

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the pilot Zero-Emission Heavy-Duty Vehicle Air Quality Loan Program in conjunction with California Pollution Control Financing Authority through their California Capital Access Program (CalCAP). 

The new pilot program will support financing opportunities for medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles. As an “Independent Contributor” to CalCAP, CARB will contribute a percentage of an enrolled loan into a “loan loss reserve” account for each participating financial institution.

With these funds available, lenders are better equipped to lend to businesses that need a little extra assistance and typically offer more favorable terms than the business would qualify for otherwise.

Fleet and Lender Qualifications
The pilot program will be offered statewide. Eligible small fleets may apply for a loan through a participating lender who will then submit an enrollment application directly to CalCAP.
Eligibility requirements include:  
• Fleet size of 20 or fewer medium- and heavy-duty vehicles
• Purchased vehicle(s) must be:
- Zero-emission
- On-road
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating over 8,500 pounds (Class 2b through Class 8)
- New or Used
• A warranty purchase is eligible when combined with a vehicle purchase

For Financial institutions to learn more about the program email
Background - An initial funding allocation of $5 million was provided in the CARB Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Funding Plan to create the pilot ZE Heavy-Duty Vehicle Air Quality Loan Program. The pilot will help program staff learn about what small business fleets need to transition to zero-emission vehicles by analyzing project data and evaluating deployment success. Staff will also monitor pilot participation in disadvantaged and low-income communities and solicit input from lenders and borrowers to understand how the program has influenced purchasing behaviors.  

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