It was five years ago that, in partnership with Acire Inc., Internovations developed the database, customer management and administration pages of CalStarts’ Hybrid Voucher Incentive Project.

PROJECT: California Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project

The California Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) is a unique and streamlined program to help speed the early market introduction of clean, low-carbon hybrid trucks. HVIP accomplishes this by addressing the biggest barrier for fleet purchase of medium- and heavy-duty hybrids: the high incremental cost of these vehicles in the early market years when production volumes are still low.

The HVIP is designed to offset about half of the incremental additional cost of eligible hybrid medium- and heavy-duty vehicles using a simplified purchase voucher. This amount was deemed critical by fleets and manufacturers to assist the early market. The HVIP is also designed to assist fleets and dealers by reducing this cost right at the time of purchase, and has been designed to simplify implementation. Dealers request a voucher with their fleet customers at the time of order; the amounts are pre-set for each qualified vehicle. This first-in-the-nation approach can become a model for effectively spurring clean vehicle technologies.


In 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law the California Alternative and Renewable Fuel, Vehicle Technology, Clean Air, and Carbon Reduction Act of 2007 (AB 118, Statutes of 2007, Chapter 750). AB 118 created the Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), a voluntary incentive program administered by ARB to fund clean vehicle and equipment projects, air quality research, and workforce training. ARB’s funding, based on projected revenues for AQIP projects in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009-10 State Budget, is $34.6 million.