California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) California Air Resources Board (CARB) On-Road Heavy-Duty Vehicle Air Quality Loan Program

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Active (6235 total applications submitted)
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  • Loan
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The program is designed to help borrowers finance the purchase of heavy-duty diesel trucks driven primarily in California to comply with the State's engine emission standards.


Loans in this program must be used for the purchase of heavy-duty trucks (over 14,000 gross vehicle weight rating) equipped with specified engine emission standards for 2010 and newer model year engines. Loans enrolled in the program may receive up to 100% coverage in case of defaults. Loans may include the purchase of trailers or equipment warranty when funded with the purchase of an eligible tractor.The Maximum loan amount is $5,000,000.00 with only $2,500,000.00 enrolled in the program. CPCFA does not work directly with borrowers to apply for financing, applicants must apply through participating Financial institutions. The total umber of loans enrolled (2009-2019) is 25,464 with an average loan amount of $70,397.00.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business

The Applicant requirements are as follows: 1. The primary economic effect must be in California.  2. The vehicle must be registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)  3. The borrower must have 100 employees or fewer  4. Must have 10 or fewer trucks in fleet  5. $10 million or less in average annual business revenues over the last 3 years.

Eligible Geographies:

Must be located in California.

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  • State

Funding Source Notes:

The Program is funded by CARB's Air Quality Improvement Funding Plan.

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Funding Method Notes:

The funds are provided to the Borrower by the participating CalCAP enrolled financial institution. Each CalCAP Lender has a loan-loss reserve account that is built up by contributions provided by CPCFA for each enrolled loan in the program.  CPCFA's contributions go into the accounts for each lender, which then can cover any potential losses in the case of a loan default. The loans that the borrowers receive are determined by the lender.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


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