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California offers $125m in incentives for zero-emission equipment

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has opened the second round of its Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE), providing point-of-sale discounts on off-road zero-emission equipment, including port equipment. The project is administered by CALSTART – a national nonprofit consortium focused on building a prosperous, efficient and clean high-tech transportation industry – and has $125m in funding available, more than double the amount allocated to the project when it first launched in January 2020.

“California is backing up its commitment to clean the air in overburdened communities and carry out the direction of the Governor’s Executive Order with a significant investment in zero-emission vehicles and sustainable transportation,” CARB Deputy Executive Officer Craig Segall said. “CORE is specifically designed to assist industry sectors that currently use off-road equipment and can help clean up the communities hardest hit by air pollution.”

CORE supports equipment categories that include on- and off-road terminal tractors, large forklifts and cargo-handling equipment, commercial harbour craft, mobile power units and mobile shore-power cable management systems, and truck- and trailer-mounted transport refrigeration units.

Qualified participants will receive vouchers for point-of-sale discounts on applicable equipment, up to a maximum of $500,000 per voucher. There is no requirement for them to scrap, sell or retire existing equipment.

The first round of CORE resulted in over 460 vouchers for vehicles and electric vehicle supply equipment totaling over $62m, with terminal tractors being the most requested equipment type.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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