Summary of the BAAQMD CC4A E-bike grant program

This is an unofficial description of the program by Tom Lent of the  E-Bike 1000 MPG Project

For the official BAAQMD description, see www.BAAQMD.GOV/CleanCarsforAll

 

Summary:

Grants of $7,500 from the Bay Area Air Quality District (BAAQMD) under the Clean Cars for All program (www.BAAQMD.GOV/CleanCarsforAll) for income-qualified Bay Area residents of Disadvantaged Communities to retire an older high polluting car and replace it with one or more E-bikes plus accessories plus Clipper Card credit. First pilot issuance to a couple of applicants was executed in late 2020. Full program rollout was in January 2021. 

 

What it covers: 

Applicants receive a $7,500 PEX (prepaid) card for use to purchase an e-bike. Households may purchase as many as one e-bike per member of the household up to the $7,500 grant limit. E-bikes must be labelled Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3 and must be approved by the program staff before purchase. Related accessories can be included when purchased at the same time as the e-bike. Covered accessories include safety items, such as helmets, bright jackets or vests, and lights, security items such as locks, GPS trackers and BikeLink membership, cargo carrying additions such as racks, panniers, child seats and trailers, plus basic tools. This subsidy is large enough to cover the entire cost of a fully loaded cargo bike with all necessary accessories or at least two commuter bikes. 

 

The remaining balance after e-bike and accessories are purchased will be automatically converted to public transportation funds that can be loaded on to a Clipper card .

 

A new cyclist Buyers Guide and other support materials were developed by the E-Bike Project to assist potential program participants who have no previous familiarity with e-bikes - or in some cases even with bikes.

 

Summary of who qualifies: 

The BAAQMD e-bike grant program is currently funded as an expansion of the BAAQMD Clean Cars 4 All program.  

CC4A Participants must

  • live in a qualifying zip code. See chart on the CC4A Eligibility page. Currently based upon CA Disadvantaged Communities (DAC)  (see below).  

  • have income at or below 400% of the current Federal Poverty Level as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (See chart on the CC4A Eligibility page).  

The vehicle must be:

  • at least 15 years old

  • currently functioning

  • less than 10,000 pounds and 

  • registered by the applicant with the CA DMV for the last two years. 

The vehicle will be transferred to an authorized dismantler to be scrapped. There are, of course, further requirements and various exceptions listed on the CC4A Apply page and the linked 2020 CCFA Terms and Conditions pdf.  

 

Background 

The California Air Resources Board administers the Clean Cars 4 All (CC4A) program to provide incentives to lower-income California drivers to scrap their older, high-polluting car and replace it with a zero- or near-zero emission replacement. In 2019, CA Senate bill SB400 authorized the expansion of the CC4A program to include e-bikes & transit vouchers

 

Explanation of the origin of the DAC Zip Code list: The zip codes represent Disadvantaged Communities (DACs) identified in the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool CalEnviroScreen Version 3.0 as developed by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as part of CalEPA’s Environmental Justice Program. CalEnviroScreen is a mapping tool that helps identify California communities that are most affected by many sources of pollution, and where people are often especially vulnerable to pollution's effects. CalEnviroScreen uses environmental, health, and socioeconomic information to produce scores for every census tract in the state.  The current funding for the Clean Cars for All program targets census tracts with high CalEnviroscreen scores. For ease of administration this is converted to zipcodes that include those census tracts. 

 

To see the geographic spread of the program, see this Map of eligible DAC Zip Codes that I made. Currently it only marks the center of each of the zip codes. At some point I will figure out how to map the actual geographic coverage of all of the eligible zip codes (or recruit someone with more GIS skills than I have). But this will give you the idea.

 

Current CC4E E-bike program status: 

The Bay Area Air Quality District (BAAQMD) took the lead among the state’s regional air quality boards in designing the first pilot program under this authorization. A few pilot applications were accepted in late 2020. The program then fully rolled out in January 2021. It is expected that several other regional air quality boards will follow after BAAQMD. 

 

BAAQMD is attempting to secure funding that is not tied to the DAC zipcode requirement. 

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