MEDIA ADVISORY: Air Resources Board and partners celebrate significant milestone with clean-air trucks
CHINO - The California Air Resources Board is recognizing the 2,000th Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher, to be handed to Redwood Products of Chino, a small business that invested in a clean, low-carbon hybrid delivery truck. Cleaner trucks mean fewer unhealthy diesel emissions in San Bernardino, Riverside and the surrounding area.
The incentive program has contributed to air pollution reductions in the Southern California region and throughout California. Since its launch in 2010, HVIP has provided more than $63 million to help California fleets statewide purchase more than 430 zero-emission trucks and buses and 1,800 hybrid trucks and buses – and additional funding is on the way. Funding for this program is primarily supported through California Climate Investments made possible by California’s Cap-and-Trade Program.
WHO: Speakers include Senator Connie M. Levya, Mr. Christopher Craig, a representative for Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, California Air Resources Board Member Barbara Riordan, Marcie Rodriguez of Redwood Products, and a representative from Hino Trucks. Also attending are representatives of CALSTART, Rush Truck Center and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
WHAT: Air regulators, elected officials and industry celebrate a clean-air milestone at Redwood Products, which provides mulch, wood chips and other products to nurseries and the landscape industry in five western states. The Chino business is the recipient of the 2,000th Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher in the amount of $23,000 to purchase a low-carbon Hino hybrid truck, covering close to one-third of the truck price.
WHEN: Friday, August 28, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Question-and-answer to follow.
WHERE: Redwood Products, 9301 Remington Ave., Chino, Calif., 91710.
VISUALS: A clean-air branded Hino hybrid truck and Redwood Products’ Hino hybrid delivery truck, presentation of Legislative certificate and symbolic $23,000 check to Redwood Products.
Background: HVIP is the nation’s first program to directly reduce the up-front cost of hybrid or zero-emission trucks and buses. HVIP incentives drive manufacturing production and fleet acceptance of the advanced heavy-duty vehicle technologies California must deploy to meet its long-term air quality and climate goals. Consumer incentives are needed because these products generally cost more than their conventional counterparts, which can be a significant deterrent to their purchase. This streamlined approach – with eligible vehicles and preset voucher amounts available on a first-come, first-served basis – has proven popular with vehicle dealers, manufacturers, and California fleets.
The program provides vouchers of up to $95,000 for California purchasers and lessees of zero-emission trucks and buses, and up to $30,000 for eligible hybrid trucks and buses on a first-come, first-served basis. HVIP also provides incentives of up to $110,000 for zero-emission trucks that provide benefits to disadvantaged communities.
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.