Truck, reefer upgrade money is available for California businesses

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | 10/1/2015

Five California-based organizations are offering money to truck owners and transport refrigeration unit owners to help upgrade to cleaner technologies, the California Air Resources Board has announced.

Through California’s $1 billion Proposition 1B: Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program, CARB distributes money to local air agencies, including air districts and ports. Those agencies, in turn, distribute funds to applicants.

The Port of San Diego, for instance, will distribute $12,380,953 to upgrade or replace up to 275 heavy-duty diesel trucks under its portion of the project. $619,048 of the $13 million handed down from CARB will go to pay funding administrative costs.

Applications will be accepted through mid-November.

“These funds are available for eligible equipment operating primarily in the four priority trade corridors in the Bay Area, Central Valley, Los Angeles/Inland Empire, and San Diego/Border corridors,” CARB said in a message sent to CARB listserv subscribers. “The local agencies will be accepting applications through Nov. 20, 2015.

Grants handed out through local or state agencies in California have historically come with heavy requirements limiting recipients to mostly local cargo routes. Though the message didn’t detail specific limits, CARB has several ways to obtain more information.

To apply for the funds, click here.

For more information, call CARB’s Goods Movement Information Line at 916-44-GOODS (444-6637) or by email at

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