The California Air Resources Board has included the Ford Transit Connect Electric to a program that offers fleet owners thousands of dollars in incentives to help them transition their fleets to low-emission vehicles. The program, called the California Hybrid Bus and Truck Voucher Incentive Project, is a nearly $20 million fund offering $10,000 to $25,000 per vehicle to offset the cost of purchase for fleet owners and in turn helps to lower emissions in the state.

The program had mainly focused on larger trucks and buses last year and most of this year, but the addition of the Transit Connect opens up the program to smaller fleets and even businesses with even one or two vehicles.

We’ve covered the Transit Connect in the past, including a hands-on review of the van by a contractor (though not the electric model the program offers credit for), who absolutely loved it.

It’s been a busy summer and I’ve been driving the Transit Connect for two months now. I absolutely love it. I certainly wish I could have purchased this van two years ago. … Without organization, I already have more service stock on the TC than my Silverado. Plus cargo and stock areas are extremely accessible. I sure don’t miss climbing in the bed of my truck to get refrigerant, nitrogen, etc. from my Jobox.

The $15K incentive more than halves the $22-$25K price tag of the Transit Connect, so it’s definitely an option California fleet owners should take a look at if they’re shopping for new vehicles.

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