Meeting Date:

April 19, 2017





David J. Stoldt,


Capital Assets


General Manager

Line Item No.



Prepared By:

Suresh Prasad

Cost Estimate:



General Counsel Review:  N/A

Committee Recommendation:  The Administrative Committee reviewed this item on April 10, 2017 and recommended approval.

CEQA Compliance:  This action does not constitute a project as defined by the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines section 15378.


SUMMARY:  On November 14, 2016, the Board authorized staff to purchase or lease two new electric vehicles and approved electric vehicle incentive replacement program reimbursement agreement with Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD). The approval had a not-to-exceed amount of $70,000.  Since then, Chevrolet has released new electric vehicles which has 238 miles range per charge. These new vehicles are slightly higher in price and staff is seeking to get an increase in approval to spend not-to-exceed amount of $80,000. The District will be getting $20,000 from MBARD as reimbursement towards purchase of electric vehicles.  


RECOMMENDATION:  District staff recommends authorizing purchase or lease of two new electric vehicles at a cost not-to-exceed $80,000.


BACKGROUND:    California Assembly Bill 2766 (AB2766), signed into law in 1990, permits the Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD) to allocate a $4.00 per vehicle registration surcharge fee towards projects that reduce motor vehicle emissions such as zero emission vehicles, roundabouts, traffic signal coordination, or vanpools. Funds may also be used for related planning, monitoring, enforcement, and technical studies. Funds are available to public agencies in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.


On March 16, 2016, the MBARD Board authorized this year’s AB2766 Motor Vehicle Emission Reduction Grant Program. On September 21, 2016, the MBARD Board will award approximately $1 million to selected projects.  Eligible projects must reduce motor vehicle emissions and/or meet other criteria described in the grant packet. Only public agencies may apply for projects, which must be implemented in Monterey, San Benito and/or Santa Cruz Counties.


The Electric Vehicle (EV) replacement incentive program is limited to a recommended cap of $10K.  New vehicles may be purchased or leased (minimum of 3 years required).  Certified used vehicles may be purchased with a funding cap of $7500 (remaining battery life must be disclosed at time of purchase).  Match funds are required for eligibility.


On May 16, 2016, the District filed a grant application with the MBARD for the purchase of two electric vehicles under category 2, Electric Vehicle Replacement Incentive Program, of the AB2766 FY2015 program.  One of the new electric vehicles will replace a 2004 Ford Taurus currently used as a pool car within the Administration and Conservation Department.  The second vehicle will be primarily used for the Conservation Department. 


On October 18, 2016, the District was notified by MBARD that its grant application has been approved towards purchase of two electric vehicles.