Advanced Clean Fleets Regulation - Vehicle Delivery Delay Extension
What is the Vehicle Delivery Delay Extension?
The extension allows the fleet owner to remain in compliance if a ZEV is ordered one year ahead of the compliance date and the ZEV is not received until after the compliance date. The extension allows the vehicle that is scheduled to be replaced to continue operating in the California fleet until the replacement ZEV is received. Until 2035, this extension also applies to near-zero emission vehicle purchases. Near-zero emission vehicles have a minimum all electric range.
What purchase agreements qualify?
The purchase agreement used to qualify for the Vehicle Delivery Delay Extension must be a written and legally binding contract signed one year before the compliance date of the vehicle to be replaced. The contract must identify the specific ZEV model purchased, the date of the purchase, and it must be for immediate delivery to the fleet owner in California. Letters of intent or other agreements that are not binding, or that are contingent upon other decisions that remain unresolved within one year of the upcoming deadline, are not sufficient to qualify for the extension.
When can I apply for the Vehicle Delivery Delay Extension?
If you haven’t received a ZEV that is necessary for you to remain in compliance at the beginning of the next compliance year, you may submit your information to show that a ZEV was ordered timely and qualifies for the Vehicle Delivery Delay Extension.
Make sure the fleet information reported in the Truck Regulation Upload, Compliance and Reporting System (TRUCRS) is up to date and do not change the default compliance option of “None” for the vehicle being replaced. Then send an email to TRUCRS@arb.ca.gov with a copy of the purchase agreement, the TRUCRS ID number, and the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the existing vehicle to be replaced. Staff will review the application package for completeness. If the documentation meets the requirements for the extension, the compliance option for the vehicle to be replaced will be updated in TRUCRS to reflect that the Vehicle Delivery Delay extension was approved, and the owner will be notified the extension was approved by email.
Are there any reporting requirements after being approved for a Vehicle Delivery Delay Extension?
Yes, if you have one or more vehicles with an approved Vehicle Delivery Delay Extension, you have 30 days from receiving the replacement ZEV to report the appropriate changes to the fleet to demonstrate compliance. The owner must report information about the replacement vehicle and the date the non-compliant vehicle is sold, scrapped, or retired.
Is a Vehicle Delivery Delay Extension still valid if I choose to cancel a purchase agreement?
No. If a vehicle owner claims the Vehicle Delivery Delay Extension and later cancels or modifies the original purchase agreement used to qualify for the extension, the claim for the extension will be treated as invalid. The vehicle owner will be out of compliance as if the agreement was never executed, and the vehicle owner would be subject to penalty and enforcement.
How can I maintain the Vehicle Delivery Delay Extension if the manufacturer cancels a vehicle order?
If a vehicle manufacturer cancels a purchase agreement for the ZEV due to circumstances beyond their control, the fleet owner must secure another purchase agreement for the ZEV within 180 calendar days of the cancellation. State and local governments have up to one year to secure another purchase agreement. To retain the extension, fleet owners must email TRUCRS@arb.ca.gov a copy of the manufacturer cancellation notice within 30 calendar days of the cancellation and must submit the new purchase agreement within 30 calendar days of placing the order.