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    Overview of Incentives


    Incentives by: Vehicle Type - Alternate Fuel Vehicles
    The general consensus is that many, if not all, of current incentive programs stand an excellent chance of renewals through at least 2017. It is believed that this is the only way to accomplish the goals laid out in the 1992 Energ act. Many more incentives are working their way through legislation.

    "Driving Alternatives" Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program
    The "Driving Alternatives" vehicle rebate program has allocated $1.8 million toward vehicle incentive grants for qualifying alternative fuel vehicles. The grants of up to $5,000 will be made available to consumers who purchase or lease eligible zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), plug in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) between May 24, 2007 and March 31, 2009. For the purposes of this program, ZEVs are full function battery electric vehicles (BEVs), hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs), low speed or neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs), and zero emission motorcycles (ZEMs). Guidelines for the program are in final stages of development, and the program is estimated to begin by early November 2007.

    Ca HOV Access
    California law allows single-occupant use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOVs) lanes by certain clean alternative fuel and full-electric vehicles. Use of these lanes with only one occupant requires an identification sticker issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. These stickers will be valid until January 1, 2011 at which time this access program expires.


    Farmer's Insurance Alternative Fuel Incentives
    First-ever discount for those who drive hybrids and other alternative fuel vehicles. Save 5% on all major coverages.


    Free Metered Parking - San José, CA
    FREE parking at Downtown San José public parking facilities and on-street meters throughout the City for Clean-Fuel Vehicles with the Clean Air Decal in the City of San José. Applies to new hybrid and electric vehicles purchased from San José dealerships.


    Free Metered Parking - Hermosa Beach, CA
    Free metered parking at silver poled meters for vehicles with the Clean Air Decal in downtown Hermosa Beach. Vehicles may park for the maximum time limit (generally 2-3 hours). This includes hybrids as long as the state of California recognizes the HOV sticker.


    Free Metered Parking - Santa Monica, CA
    100% electric, 100% CNG or hybrid vehicles carrying the Clean Air Decal may park at any meter in the City of Santa Monica for free. The time is limited to the time limit as posted (generally 2-3 hours).


    Free Parking at Hotels
    A number of hotels in California are extending hybrid perks to their customers. Hybrid-driving overnight guests at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose get free parking. The Argent Hotel in San Francisco cuts their rate for overnight parking in half—from $42.00 to $21.00—for hybrid drivers. And if you provide proof of your hybrid ownership at the Little River Inn, on the Mendocino coast three hours north of San Francisco, you only pay for one night of a two-night stay in one of their ocean-view rooms. Though far from statewide, many hotels are joining the movement. (Check with hotel when making reservations.)



    High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Exemption

    California law allows single-occupant use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOVs) lanes by certain alternative fuel, clean hybrid, and full-electric vehicles. Use of these lanes with only one occupant requires an identification sticker issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Hybrid vehicles are currently limited to a maximum number, and as of February 20, 2007 all of the HOV lane stickers have been issued for hybrids. The program for hybrids is officially closed.

    High Occupancy Toll Lanes
    New 2013 Law Exempts low emission and hybrid vehicles eligible to use High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) lanes from toll charges required on High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, unless prohibited by federal law.




    San Juaquin Light/Med Duty Vehicle incentive
    The REMOVE II program provides incentives for the purchase of low-emission passenger vehicles, light trucks, small buses, and trucks under 14,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. The purpose of this program is to encourage the early introduction of low-emission vehicles in the San Joaquin Valley. The program pays between $1,000 and $3,000 per vehicle depending on the emission certification level and size of the vehicle. Vehicles must be powered by alternative fuel, electric, or hybrid electric engines/motors.


    South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) CNG homerefueler incentive
    The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Governing Board approved an incentive program which matches the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) buy down program for the purchase of a compressed natural gas (CNG) home refueling appliance (HRA) manufactured by Fuelmaker. The SCAQMD incentive program matches a $1,000 buy-down by the MSRC for a total of $2,000 buy-down for consumers who reside in the SCAQMD jurisdictional boundaries. Specifically, the incentive buy-down program will apply to the purchase of up to 100 units through Fuelmaker and the lease of up to 300 units through Honda.

    Antelope Valley $3000 Rebate
    To offset the purchase/lease of a cng powered vehicles for residents of of the AVAQMD
    Antelope Valley $2000 Rebte
    To offset the purchase/install of a home refueling device.


    Vacaville, Ca Rebate Program
    While there are other local programs such as the $6800 rebate offered by Vacaville, Ca., and other cities in that part of the state, the Bay area’s $4000 rebate for fleet's (only) thru BAAQMD, this list of incentives is general in scope and may not reflect specific programs in your particular area.
    If you have program/s in the area that you live which are not listed, please drop me a post and let me know.
    Last edited by Curtis; 04-30-2013, 09:31 PM.
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    Re: Bay Area FasTrak Program

    FasTrak® Enrollment Instructions for Hybrid and CNG Vehicles with Clean Air Stickers
    Note: If you acquired a vehicle with Clean Air Vehicle stickers attached, and you are a resident of the Bay Area, you must open a FasTrak® account in your name in order to drive solo in a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) or carpool lane.


    To enroll your vehicle in FasTrak®, please follow the instructions below: New FasTrak® Customers
    Existing FasTrak® Customers Adding a New Hybrid toll tag
    Existing FasTrak® Customers Exchanging Existing toll tag for a New toll tag
    FasTrak®
    A FasTrak® toll tag for clean air vehicles is necessary for vehicles registered in the Bay Area. While solo hybrid/cng drivers can take advantage of designated carpool-only lanes on those bridges that have them – the Bay Bridge, San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, Carquinez Bridge, and Dumbarton Bridge passage is not free, as it is for carpoolers and drivers of alternative fuel vehicles. Drivers of single-occupancy hybrid vehicles still must pay tolls when crossing these bridges – and all other toll bridges. On these bridges though, tolls can only be paid electronically by means of the special new FasTrak® toll tag.
    Because any eligible vehicle may use the carpool-only lanes on these bridges, all hybrids must be outfitted with these special devices. So, even drivers who do not regularly commute across a toll bridge must sign up for FasTrak® to use the carpool lanes.
    Note: If you already have FasTrak®, you will still need to obtain a new toll tag specially programmed for the carpool toll lanes.
    Not all vehicles can use the carpool lanes. Click here to see if the California Air Resources Board has designated your hybrid as a qualified vehicle. If your vehicle is not on this list, you will not be issued a FasTrak® hybrid toll tag.
    Frequently Asked Questions
    New FasTrak® Customers – To open a FasTrak® account and obtain a hybrid toll tag, provide the following items to the Customer Service Center, either by mail/fax or in-person:

    A completed Vehicle FasTrak® Application. See application form for details about initial pre-paid toll balances due, or toll tag deposits due, if applicable.
    A copy of your current vehicle registration that identifies your vehicle as a hybrid. (The address on your current vehicle registration MUST match the address of your new FasTrak® account.)

    Existing FasTrak® Account Holders – Adding a New toll tag
    If you are ADDING a new toll tag to your existing account, please do the following: Provide the following items to the Customer Service Center, either by mail/fax* or in-person:

    A completed toll tag Request Form. See form for details about pre-paid toll amounts and/or toll tag deposit amounts due.
    A copy of your current vehicle registration that identifies your vehicle as a hybrid/cng. (The address on your current vehicle registration MUST match the address of your existing FasTrak® account.)

    Existing FasTrak® Account Holders – Exchanging for a New toll tag If you are EXCHANGING your existing toll tag for a new toll tag, please do the following: Provide the following items to the Customer Service Center, either by mail or in-person:

    Your existing toll tag.
    Your existing FasTrak® account number.
    A copy of your current vehicle registration that identifies your vehicle as a hybrid/cng (The address on your current vehicle registration MUST match the address of your existing FasTrak® account.)
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      Re: Overview of California incentives

      Thank you Curtis. I read the link you posted. It said on FasTrak page stated Hybrid vehicle only. I didn't see it mentions CNG on its page. Will contact FasTrak to clarify.

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        Re: Overview of California incentives

        Do AFVs have preferential access to SoCal's network of toll roads (91 Express Lanes and 73 Toll Road)?
        BiggJohn
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        2000 CNG Camry
        VRA Wannabe

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          Re: Overview of California incentives

          I didn't see an answer to OptimaCNG's question regarding CNG vehicles needing a fastrack tag to obtain a white sticker? Does anyone know the answer?

          Also, I'm interested in a purchasing a 99 Ford F250 dedicated CNG. This year/model doesn't show up on the dmv website as a listed vehicle but it is SULEV and ILEV compliant. Can anyone validate if this vehicle would qualify for a white sticker?

          The arb website appears to be down.

          Neil

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            Re: Overview of California incentives

            I have a 98 F-250 dedicated and it has white stickers, so I'm sure the 99 F-250 also qualifies. Joe

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              Re: Overview of California incentives

              Thanks for the response Joe. This is very helpful.

              Neil

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