The California Air Resources Board. ARB is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Its mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health-based air quality standards.
Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
A vehicle that operates solely by use of a battery or that is powered primarily through the use of an electric battery.
The California Center for Sustainable Energy. A San Diego-based nonprofit organization chosen by the California Air Resources Board as Project Administrator for the CVRP. CCSE is dedicated to fostering public policy and programs to facilitate the adoption of clean, reliable, sustainable and efficient energy technologies and practices. CCSE also administers the California Solar Initiative in the SDG&E service territory, providing technical support and rebates to businesses, public agencies and homeowners who install solar technologies.
Clean Vehicle Rebate Project
A California state program that provides rebates to individuals and businesses who purchase or lease qualifying clean vehicles. Vehicles eligible for rebates up to $20,000 include electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, and certain commercial zero-emission vehicles (a current list of vehicles eligible for CVRP rebates can be found at www. CVRP.energycenter.org). The CVRP is funded through the California Air Resources Board and is administered by the California Center for Sustainable Energy. Total CVRP funding for Fiscal Year 2010-2011 is $4.1 million.
Any vehicle or combination of vehicles defined in Vehicle Code Section 15210(b). Within the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, a commercial vehicle is defined as a vehicle with a GVWR greater than 10,000 pounds.
The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.
Neighborhood Electric Vehicle ( NEV)
Vehicles placed in the NEV category are zero emission vehicles that are also categorized as low speed vehicles. California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 385.5, defines a low speed vehicle as a motor vehicle with four wheels on the ground and an unladen weight of 3,000 pounds or less, that is capable of propelling itself at a minimum speed of 20 miles per hour and a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour on a paved level surface. NEVs may be legally operated on public streets with maximum speed limits of 35 mile per hour or lower. Therefore, NEVs are particularly suited for operation in residential neighborhoods, planned communities, campus environments, business parks, and, possibly, transportation centers.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle ( PHEV)
PHEVs are hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs, or "hybrids") that have zero emission vehicle range capability, an on-board electrical energy storage device, an on-board charger, and are rechargeable from an external connection to an off-board electrical source. PHEVs are sometimes referred to as grid-connected HEVs and, in the case of the General Motors Chevy Volt, Extended Range Electric Vehicles (EREV)
Zero-Emission Motorcycle ( ZEM)
A ZEM is either a fully-enclosed zero emission vehicle designed to travel on three wheels or a two-wheeled electric motorcycle meeting the provisions of CVC section 400. Additionally, ZEMs are designated as either freeway capable or non-freeway capable. Freeway capable ZEMs are those falling under the general definition of “motorcycle” in CVC section 400(a). Non-freeway capable ZEMs have a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour per CVC section 400(c).
Zero-Emission Vehicle ( ZEV)
Any vehicle certified to zero-emission standards.