The California Air Resources Board is launching the Innovative Small e-Fleet pilot program to provide $25M to help small trucking fleets transition to zero-emission technologies. The pilot will focus on privately owned and nonprofit trucking fleets with 20 or fewer trucks and less than $15M in annual revenue. These small fleets often face barriers to adopting zero-emission technologies due to the upfront costs, limited financing, and complex planning for charging.
Supported solutions will include flexible financing, short-term rentals, and full-service leases, such as all-inclusive truck-as-a-service options with enhanced incentives and fueling support.
The pilot is part of the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), and will help HIPV better understand the specific needs of this traditionally underserved group and support their transition to zero-emission ahead of the upcoming Advanced Clean Fleets rule.