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Health and Safety Code - HSC

DIVISION 26. AIR RESOURCES [39000 - 44474]

  ( Division 26 repealed and added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957. )


  ( Part 5 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957. )

CHAPTER 4. Miscellaneous [43800 - 43871]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957. )

ARTICLE 1.5. Energy-Efficient Vehicle Group Purchase Program [43810 - 43813]
  ( Article 1.5 added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 580, Sec. 1. )


This article shall be known, and may be cited as, the California Energy-Efficient Vehicle Group Purchase Program.

(Added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 580, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2006.)


It is the intent of the Legislature that the state encourage the purchase of energy-efficient vehicles by local and state agencies through a group-purchasing program that uses the purchasing leverage of state and local agencies to lower the purchase price of those vehicles.

(Added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 580, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2006.)


For the purposes of this article, the following definitions apply:

(a) “Department” means the Department of General Services.

(b) “Director” means the Director of General Services.

(c) “Energy-efficient vehicle” means either of the following:

(1) A vehicle that meets California’s super ultra-low emission vehicle (SULEV) standard for exhaust emissions and the federal inherently low-emission vehicle (ILEV) evaporative emission standard, as defined in Part 88 (commencing with Section 88.101-94) of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

(2) A hybrid vehicle or an alternative fuel vehicle that meets California’s advanced technology partial zero-emission vehicle (AT PZEV) standard for criteria pollutant emissions.

(d) “Local agency” means any governmental subdivision, district, public and quasi-public corporation, joint powers agency, public agency or public service corporation, authority, agency, board, commission, town, city, county, city and county, fire district, special district, school district, public utility, community college, or municipal corporation, whether incorporated or not or whether chartered or not, or any other public entity.

(e) “State agency” means any department, division, board, bureau, commission, or other authority of the State of California, the University of California, or the California State University.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 538, Sec. 403. Effective January 1, 2007.)


(a) There is established in the Department of General Services an energy-efficient vehicle group purchase program. The department shall negotiate the lowest possible purchase price, with one or more vendors, for energy-efficient vehicles on behalf of state and local agencies that are interested in obtaining those vehicles.

(b) In administering the program, the Director of General Services shall do all of the following:

(1) No later than April 1, 2006, establish an advisory committee, in cooperation with local and state agencies as defined in Section 43812.

(A) The committee shall meet at least once no later than 30 days after all members are appointed.

(B) The committee shall consult with the department regarding the design of the program and other matters relating to the purchase of energy-efficient vehicles, no later than July 30, 2006.

(2) Notify all affected agencies about the purchasing program through the department’s Internet Web site and publications, the Internet Web sites of appropriate associations, governing boards of local agency associations, and other cost-effective means.

(3) After consultation with the committee pursuant to subparagraph (B) of paragraph (1) of subdivision (b), the director shall negotiate contracts, through competitive means and other appropriate strategies, for the purchase of energy-efficient vehicles at the lowest possible price from one or more reliable vendors.

(4) Include a provision in the vendor contract allowing any state or local agency to purchase energy-efficient vehicles directly from the vendor at the contract price.

(c) The department may recover its actual administrative costs from program participants.

(d) Nothing in this article shall be construed as superseding or precluding any similar program that is administered by a district, any other public agency, or any other person.

(Added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 580, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2006.)

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