The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released a grant solicitation for the Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Pilot Commercial Deployment Projects. According to CARB, up to $23,658,000 is available for this project from FY 2014-15 funds. Furthermore, up to an additional $60,000,000 may be available for projects under this solicitation from future funds appropriated by the California legislature on or before June 30, 2016.
CARB says projects funded under this solicitation will help accelerate technology commercialization by placing significant numbers of zero- and near-zero-emission trucks and buses in clusters, such as transit agencies, school districts and freight hubs. Eligible projects may also include infrastructure necessary to support project vehicles, and the majority of available funding will go toward projects that benefit disadvantaged communities.
California-based public agencies such as air districts, transit agencies, school districts, ports, or local government entities or agencies and California-based non-profit organizations with expertise implementing zero-emission vehicle deployments may apply for this solicitation to become pilot project grantees.Â
CARB will hold an applicant teleconference to answer questions regarding the solicitation on Oct. 21, 2015, and applications are due to the agency on Jan. 29, 2016.
CARB says this project complements the Zero-Emission Drayage Truck and Multi-Source Facility Demonstration Projects solicitations released in June as part of a $50 million allocation for advanced technology freight demonstrations. That solicitation closed at the end of September.