Public policy has a significant impact on the clean transportation technology industry, with local, state, and national laws and regulations acting as major industry drivers. As a technology-neutral consortium and nonprofit, CALSTART seeks to provide guidance and support for these critical policies, with a particular focus on the leading edge policies in California.

Our close contact with fleet managers, policymakers, technology developers, and manufacturers puts the organization in a valuable position to bridge the gaps between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. We also provide member companies with up-to-date information on the complex web of public policies that affect the clean transportation technology industry.

CALSTART is operating currently a very successful truck and bus incentives voucher program in California funded by the California Air Resources Board – the Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). CALSTART realizes for successful sales of clean vehicles nationally, we need to work to ensure commercial truck incentives are available beyond California and are offered to fleets which operate in other states. CALSTART and NYSERDA in New York are working now on another voucher incentive program for the State of New York. We have developed a white paper discussing the voucher as a regional tool for successful purchases of clean vehicles by fleets.

slide set summarizes clean commercial truck incentives available in California, and incentives soon to be available in New York and Chicago.

Clean Tech Vouchers - A Tool for All Regions

This white paper highlights the emerging opportunity to create a state- and regionally- supported national network of voucher-based incentives to speed commercial vehicle sales, even in the face of federal budget cuts.  The publication show the value and effectiveness of point-of-purchase “vouchers” as the best tools to spur sales of clean commercial vehicles.



Governor’s Office Summit on Zero Emission Vehicles

CALSTART took an active role in the Governor’s Office Summit on Zero Emission Vehicles March 7, the second such event  hosted by California Governor Brown’s office and aimed at identifying actions to drive toward 1.5 million ZEVs in the state.  CALSTART Senior Vice President Bill Van Amburg facilitated a breakout session on Zero Emission Freight and Public Transit together with Henry Hogo of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Bill reported out key findings with other breakout leaders in the Summit’s closing session. Left to right: Wade Crowfoot (podium) of the Governor’s Office, Secretary Marybel Batjer, California Government Operations Agency, Commissioner Carla Peterman, California Public Utilities Commission, Cliff Rechtschaffen, Senior Advisor in the Governor’s Office, Commissioner Janea Scott, California Energy Commission, Bill Van Amburg, CALSTART, and far right, Ben Rubin, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.   

(Photo credit: California Air Resources Board.)