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Low Carbon Transportation (LCT)


FUNDING LEVEL: Annual allocation; $695 million through March 2017; Minimum 50% of funds must benefit disadvantaged communities
ADMINISTERING AGENCY: California Air Resources Board (CARB)
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Federal, state or local government entities or agencies, California nonprofit organizations and California tribes; varies based on sub-program.

Program Description

This program seeks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, criteria pollutants and toxic air emissions by accelerating the transition to low carbon freight and passenger transportation, with a priority for disadvantaged communities. CARB runs several sub-programs under this title including those that provide rebates for zero emission cars and vouchers for hybrid and zero emission trucks and buses. These sub-programs will continue and additional incentives will be offered for the pre-commercial demonstration of advanced freight technology. Additionally, cities and counties are eligible to apply for competitive grants in the following program categories:

Visit the Air Resources Board’s website to learn more.

Successful Project Outcomes

  • Increase in near zero- or zero emission vehicles, trucks and buses as well as active options such as walking and biking
  • Reduced carbon pollution resulting in improved air quality and health
  • Installing clean cargo handling equipment at marine terminals and freight distribution centers to improve the health, quality of life and local economy of communities near these facilities

Funded Projects

City of Los Angeles (2015)

The City received $1,669,343 for its City of Los Angeles Car Sharing Pilot Project. The project will double car sharing in Los Angeles, placing 100 advanced technology vehicles and 110 Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment stations (including innovative light-pole parking space charging) to be installed in the top 10 percent of disadvantaged communities. This project will serve over 7,000 users.

City of Los Angeles (2015)

The Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project at the Port of Los Angeles is a full-scale demonstration of zero- and near zero-emission technologies at a working marine terminal. At full build-out, the 40-acre terminal will be the world’s first marine terminal to generate all of its energy needs and be able to function off the grid in case of power loss. Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals L.P. and the Port of Los Angeles received a $14.5 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), to integrate a fleet of new and retrofitted zero-emission electric vehicles and cargo-handling equipment into its terminal operations.  The project will demonstrate the latest generation of advanced technology for capturing ship emissions from vessels unable to plug into shore power at berth.

Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (2015-16)

California is leading the nation in clean vehicle adoption with more than a quarter million electric cars on its roadways as of December 2016.  This shift away from gasoline and diesel fueled cars brings numerous of environmental and economic benefits to California including less air pollution and reduced GHG emissions. Rebates of up to $7,000 are offered to many eligible candidates who purchase or lease plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles. According to the Center for Sustainable Energy, the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) has issued more than $377 million in rebates for more than 175,000 vehicles.

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