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Small Fleet Program With Zero Emissions Started By CARB

Small Fleet Program With Zero Emissions Started By CARB
Green Trucking is starting to become more prominent in America.
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CARB or The California Air Resources Board made a conscious choice to open an ISEF or Innovative Small E-Fleet. Which in itself is a deposit of $25 million set-aside within the state’s HVIP or Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

This new program is meant to help small-fleets turn their trucks into Battery-electric or Hydrogen-Fuel-Cell Trucks. Of course the companies that are eligible for such an opportunity ar Private-owned and nonprofit trucking fleets of 20 or less vehicles while receiving a revenue of less than $15 million. All while acquiring access to funding that will cover costs for eligible truck purchase. ISEF is in itself administered by CALSTART, which is a national clean transport nonprofit.

In a press release, Niki Okuk had this to say. “There are quite a few options in terms of equipment, financing, and planning assistance that fleets can take advantage of in pursuing adoption of electric vehicles; the key first step is showing them they have a resource to help them take advantage of those options.” She is the Deputy Director of CALSTART Trucks and Off Road. “ISEF’s goal is to make it easier for smaller fleets to get past the barriers that they frequently face when transitioning from diesel-fueled engines to electric vehicle options.”

In order for this to be a legitimate operation, fleets are supposed to work with approved providers in order to apply for vouchers. These providers then work with eligible equipment dealers in order to ask for vouchers on the fleet’s part. For instance, if you’re looking at BEV trucks, those are eligible for about $300,000 per unit. This in turn would help lessen the costs for California’s port trucking community.

This in turn allows for small-fleet owner-ops to use flexible financing and truck-as-a-service options. All thanks to ISEF, there will be all sorts of offset infrastructure/charger costs, as well as insurance and fuel costs.

The trucking community is still relatively on the fence about this.

They may view this as a misuse of money. Being that there has been more rallied support for training new truckers and restoring the COVID-damaged supply chain. It’s all a very complicated state of affairs. Along with other concerns, like drug abuse and tensions between brokers and owner-ops, there’s only so much more the logistics industry can withstand before a move towards EV trucks can also damage the individuals out there on the front lines of battle.

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