Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Projects

Applications for zero-emission freight and marine projects are now being accepted. Interested parties are encouraged to learn about this funding opportunity and submit applications. Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects located in California.

Applications are being accepted until August 31, 2020. Up to $35 million will be awarded to eligible projects statewide through this solicitation on a competitive basis. Projects that benefit disadvantaged or low-income communities may be prioritized for award.

A second solicitation offering an additional $35 million is expected to be released in mid-2022.

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Eligibility and Key Requirements

Public agencies and private businesses are eligible to participate in this program.

Eligible projects include:

  • scrap and replace forklifts (with >8,000 lbs. lift capacity), airport ground support equipment (GSE) and port cargo handling equipment (CHE) with new zero-emission technologies;

  • repower ferries, tugboats, and towboats by scrapping and replacing marine engines with new zero-emission, all-electric or fuel-cell, technologies; and

  • install shore power at berths that serve ocean-going vessels.

Key project requirements include:

  • For replacement and repower projects, the old equipment must be scrapped (destroyed).

  • Funded equipment must be certified, verified, or otherwise approved by the U.S. EPA or CARB for operation in California.

  • Funded equipment must be domiciled in and operate in the State of California for the duration of its project life.

  • Funding recipients must report annually on operations for at least three years.

A complete description of the eligibility requirements, application instructions, evaluation criteria, and other requirements is available in the Guidance document located in the “Resources” section below.

Required Supporting Documentation

The following is a partial list of key supporting documentation that is needed for completing an application. A complete list of all information required to complete the application is available in the Guidance document.

For All Projects:

  • Documentation of general and property liability insurance;

  • Documentation demonstrating compliance with CARB regulations applicable to all equipment owned by the applicant;

  • Itemized quotes/costs for all proposed new equipment and infrastructure; and

  • Applicant W-9

Additionally, for Scrap and Replace/Repower Projects

  • Photos of existing equipment with engine tag(s);

  • Usage records for calendar year 2019;

  • CARB Executive Order(s) for the existing engine(s); and

  • CARB Executive Order(s) or approval letter for the new engines.

Additionally, for Shore Power Projects

  • Photos and an aerial map of the pier, harbor, or area where shore power system will be installed;

  • Ownership records showing ownership or guaranteed use of land;

  • Berth activity information for calendar year 2019; and

  • Estimated Timeline.

Pre-Application Webinars

Applicants are highly encouraged to attend at least one pre-application webinar that will give background on the Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Program. Each webinar is limited to 100 attendees. Registration is required.

The webinars cover the program requirements, applicant eligibility, project eligibility, the application process, and how to use the online application system. The following webinars have been scheduled:

  • Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 2 PM to 3 PM PDT (Register)

Recordings of the webinars will be posted in the “Resources” section for on-demand viewing.


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