In the USA, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is set to launch a new pilot program that aims to help small trucking fleets make the transition to zero-emission technologies.
The Innovative Small e-Fleet pilot will focus on privately owned and nonprofit trucking fleets with 20 or fewer trucks and less than $15 million in annual revenue. The pilot falls under the umbrella of the larger Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).
This programme aims to support truck operators who face high hurdles to the transition to emission-free vehicles in the form of up-front costs, limited financing and complex planning for charging needs. Those operating small fleets can work with a provider approved by CARB and HVIP to request a voucher. Approved providers will include tuck dealers, financing partners, leasing and rental companies, or truck-as-a-service providers.
The CARB pilot programme will provide $25 million for the implementation of a range of solutions that help small fleets make the transition to zero-emissions. The solutions intended are options such as flexible financing, short-term rentals, and full-service leases, such as all-inclusive truck-as-a-service options with enhanced incentives and fueling support.
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