BYD announced buyers of its line of battery-electric transit buses, motorcoaches, and heavy-duty trucks are eligible for $165 million in funds through the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).
HVIP will open to new voucher requests at 10 a.m., June 8. A total of approximately $165 million will be available; however, only half of the funds will be released to the public when the program opens. The other half will be made available two months later, at 10 a.m. August 10.
Class 8 trucks performing drayage operations, as well as any vehicles purchased by a public government entity, are exempt from the two-month pause. Vehicles in the voucher program include BYD’s entire battery-electric transit bus line and most coaches, as well as Class 8 and Class 6 electric trucks. The voucher program includes BYD’s complete transit bus line, with the 30-foot K7M eligible for $85,000 in incentives, and the 30-foot K7M-ER, 35-foot K8M, 40-foot K9M, and 60-foot K11M eligible for $120,000.
BYD’s 35-foot C8M, 35-foot Double Decker C8MS, 40-foot C9M, 45-foot C10M, and 45-foot Double Decker C10MS motorcoaches are eligible for $120,000 vouchers.
For electric truck customers, BYD’s Class 6 models 6F and 6R are eligible for $85,000, while the Class 8 models 8R and 8TT are eligible for $120,000, or $150,000 in drayage operations.
Voucher amounts can be increased by an additional 10% if the vehicles are domiciled in a disadvantaged community. Voucher amounts can be increased by an additional 15% if the vehicles are procured by a public transit agency. The chassis of any vehicle receiving an HVIP voucher must be titled and licensed in California, and the vehicle must be California-registered.