California Energy Commission (CEC), the U.S. state’s primary energy policy and planning agency, has approved an additional $12.6 million in funding to the Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project (NGVIP), which offers incentives for the purchase of natural gas vehicles. This funding will help reduce the current wait list as well as fund future applications. The University of California, Irvine, administers the program.
Last year the Energy Commission allocated more than $11 million to recipients to purchase natural gas vehicle for use in California for at least three years. These incentives can help fleet managers replace aging gasoline and diesel vehicles with cleaner alternatives.
The grants for both the chargers and the natural gas vehicle incentives are funded through the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP), which aims to reduce California’s use and dependence on petroleum transportation fuels and increase the use of alternative and renewable fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.
The incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis and at varying levels depending on the gross vehicle weight. Who is eligible:
- Individuals, firms, and public agencies purchasing new, eligible natural gas vehicles for use in California.
- Eligible vehicles are new, on-road natural gas vehicles purchased afterAugust 07, 2015 or the date on your reservation confirmation, whichever is later.
- Vehicles must be registered in California and operated in the state at least 90% of the time for three years.