ZEV Funding Opportunities

Local and State Infrastructure and Vehicle Incentives

Drive Clean Incentive Search Tool 
A filtering tool provided by the California Air Resources Board to identify ZEV incentives available to both individuals and businesses. 

State Infrastructure Funding Opportunities

The California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP)
The California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) offers incentives for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure at publicly accessible sites throughout California. CALeVIP can fund Level 2 and or DC fast charging stations depending on the county/region.

California Energy Commission – Grant Funding Opportunities
Through the Clean Transportation Program (formerly the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program), the California Energy Commission provides funding for ZEV infrastructure (both EV charging and hydrogen fueling stations). Up to $100 million is available per year for projects that will “transform California’s fuel and vehicle types to help attain the state’s climate change policies.” Visit the California Energy Commission to subscribe to their email list to receive notifications regarding the release of contract notices and solicitations or view the Request for Proposals, Contracts, and Solicitations information.

California State Treasurer’s Office – Sales and Use Tax Exclusion Program
 The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority provides a sales and use tax exclusion for advanced manufacturers and manufacturers of alternative energy source and advanced transportation products, components, or systems.

California State Treasurer’s Office – Electric Vehicle Charging Station Financing Program
 The California Pollution Control Financing Authority offers loans for the design, development, purchase, and installation of EV charging stations at small business locations in California. The maximum enrolled loan amount is $500,000 per qualified borrower.

California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank – Infrastructure State Revolving Fund Loan Program
 The Infrastructure State Revolving Fund Loan Program provides financing to public agencies and non-profit corporations for a wide variety of infrastructure and economic development projects. Funding is available in amounts ranging from $50,000 to $25,000,000, with loan terms of up to 30 years. Financing applications are continuously accepted.

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program
 The Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is designed to encourage the use of cleaner low-carbon fuels in California, encourage the production of those fuels, and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This market-based system allows the generation and sale of LCFS credits. Electricity and hydrogen fuel sales have the potential to generate economically attractive revenues.

California Air Resources Board – Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project
 The Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project, a partnership between the California Air Resources Board and CALSTART, provides incentives for the purchase of cleaner and more efficient trucks and buses in California. These vouchers are intended to reduce about half the incremental costs of purchasing hybrid and zero-emission medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks and buses.

California Air Resources Board – Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program
 The Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program funds cleaner-than-required engines and equipment. Eligible projects include cleaner on-road trucks, school and transit buses, off-road equipment, marine vessels, locomotives, agricultural equipment, light duty vehicle scrap, and lawn mowers. About $60 million in funding is available annually. Up to 85% of the cost to repower engines is eligible for funding, and up to 100 percent of the cost to purchase an ARB-verified retrofit device. Public and private entities may apply. These grants are administered through local air districts.

California Grants Portal
 Created by the California State Library, the portal provides a detailed overview of all grants and loans offered on a competitive or first-come basis by California state agencies.

California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank – Statewide Energy Efficiency Program
 The California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs Center administers the Statewide Energy Efficiency Program, which finances state and local governments to pursue approved energy efficiency projects. The program targets clean energy projects such as generation, distribution, transmission and storage of electrical energy, energy conservation measures, environmental mitigation measures, and water treatment and distribution. The Statewide Energy Efficiency Program extends financing arrangements through a direct loan from the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank and/or public market tax-exempt bonds.

California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank – Exempt Facility Revenue Bond Program
 The Exempt Facility Revenue Bond Program provides tax-exempt financing for projects that are government-owned or consist of private improvements within publicly-owned facilities.

California Energy Commission – Energy Efficiency Financing
 Through its Energy Efficiency Financing Program, the California Energy Commission extends loans to institutions for projects that aspire to achieve energy savings. The associated interest rate (0-1%) depends on the type of institution requesting the loan. The maximum loan amount is $3 million per application.

California Energy Commission – Electric Program Investment Charge Program
 Through its Electric Program Investment Charge Program, the California Energy Commission funds applied research and development, technology demonstration and deployment, and market facilitation to create new energy solutions, foster regional innovation, and bring clean energy ideas to the marketplace.