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Melanie Turner
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ARB approves funding plan for low-carbon, zero-emission vehicles; improves ‘car scrap’ program

$100 million will benefit disadvantaged communities

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board took two separate actions today that combined will continue to support the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies, provide incentives for clean-cars and improve existing vehicle retirement and replacement programs.

The two separate actions will improve air quality and fight climate change while providing significant benefits to both low-income consumers and Californians who live in communities that are disproportionately impacted by air pollution.

“Action taken by the Board today will provide $100 million to directly benefit disadvantaged communities,” Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols said. “The funding plan and ARB’s amended ‘car scrap’ program together provide emission reductions for all Californians and financial incentives for those who need it the most.”

The funding plan includes increased investments in cleaning up emissions from freight and goods transport, and continued investments in zero-emission vehicle technologies. New pilot projects deploy zero-emission heavy-duty trucks and buses and advanced technology demonstration projects in the freight sector.

The Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) supports the development and commercialization of advanced technologies that are necessary to meet California’s long-term air quality and climate goals. The funding plan for fiscal year 2014-15 totals $222 million, including $200 million from the State’s share of auction proceeds under ARB’s cap-and-trade program for low-carbon transportation projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Legislation signed into law in 2012 by Governor Jerry Brown requires a portion of proceeds from ARB’s cap-and-trade program to be invested in disadvantaged communities.

Highlights of the plan include:

Clean Cars
Low Carbon Trucks and Buses
Truck Loan Assistance Program
Separately, the Board adopted amendments to improve its Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP), or ‘car scrap,’ program. The EFMP’s successful retirement-only component incentivizes California motorists to voluntarily retire older, higher polluting vehicles and light- and medium-duty trucks.

Changes to the retirement-only portion of the program include:
A new air district administered retire-and-replace pilot program, offered in the South Coast and San Joaquin air basins, is set to launch later this year.
For more information about EFMP, click here.

ARB'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. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.