The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and CALSTART hosted their first zero-emission truck showcase at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. With close to 500 attendees, drivers were able to try out 23 different zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) for themselves. Seventeen additional vehicles were on display, with a total of 25 OEMs showcasing their products.
To see the trucks that participated, click through the gallery above.
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"We urgently need cleaner heavy-duty vehicles on the road," said Kevin Walkowicz, senior director of CALSTART's truck initiative, "especially in underserved communities that are overburdened by truck pollution. Industry is ready to meet this challenge and the vehicles here are available for purchase today. When fleet managers and drivers experience these vehicles firsthand, they appreciate the technology and the great performance."
All the participating vehicles are eligible under California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). Launched by CARB in 2009 and administered by CALSTART, HVIP provides vouchers to California-based businesses and other organizations who are transitioning their fleets to ZEVs.
HVIP as funded over 9,000 clean trucks and buses—60% of which are located in communities disproportionately burdened by environmental pollution. HVIP has utilized more than $1 billion since its inception to place cleaner vehicles on the road. In addition, they have held a number of training sessions on fleet planning, financing and incentives, and charging infrastructure.