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There are a variety of light-duty vehicles that achieve the optional low emission vehicle standards established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). For information on clean vehicles, see the DriveClean site.

Vehicles that achieve the optional low emission standards use a variety of fuels and technologies, including:
  • Ultra-low emission gasoline vehicles
  • Hybrid electric - e.g., the Toyota Prius and the hybrid version of the Honda Civic
  • Battery electric vehicles that produce zero tailpipe emissions
  • Natural gas vehicles
  • Propane vehicles

Vehicles equipped with electric motors and fuel cells are a promising technology that are currently still in the development phase. For information on fuel cell vehicles, see the California Fuel Cell Partnership site.

    Vehicle Incentives
County Program Manager Fund Public agencies can apply for incentives for alternative fuel light-duty (10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight or less) vehicles through the Air District's Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) County Program Manager Fund. These funds are allocated by each of the nine Bay Area county Congestion Management Agencies.

Zero Emission Vehicle Incentive Program The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has adopted a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate that requires automakers to produce ultra-clean, advanced technology vehicles. CARB offers incentives for certain types of battery electric vehicles via its Zero-emission vehicle Incentive Program (ZIP). The CARB ZIP incentives are available for both public and private entities.

Efficient Vehicle Incentive Program California Energy Commission's incentive program for hybrid-electric and natural gas passenger vehicles.

High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane use Owners of electric vehicles and natural gas vehicles can apply for a special Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) sticker that allows solo drivers to use HOV lanes. Note: Hybrid electric vehicles do not qualify for the HOV lane sticker.

The federal tax code offers tax credits and deductions for electric and natural gas vehicles. An overview of the federal tax credits and deductions is available from the California Energy Commission.

Infrastructure Information
    Electric Vehicle Charging Station
There are several sites that provide information and locations of electric vehicle charging stations. Please visit:

EV1 Club site for inductive charging sites.

Honda Drivers for conductive charging sites.

CALSTART provides information on electric vehicle charging sites.

    Natural Gas Fueling Infrastructure
Information on natural gas fueling stations is available on the following sites: California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, CALSTART, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)


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