N.Y. Governor Reveals $19 Million Voucher Program To Promote Alt-Fuel Vehicles


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a $19 million New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program to encourage the purchase of battery-electric commercial trucks and other alternative-fuel transportation, including hybrid and compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks.

‘This program highlights the state's commitment to developing, promoting and implementing new measures that lower emissions and reduce our carbon footprint,’ says Cuomo.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is administering the program, with funding from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program and in partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the New York City Department of Transportation.

The program is directed toward class 3 to 8 trucks, including large pickups, delivery vans, box trucks, buses, tractor trailers, garbage trucks, and construction vehicles such as cement and dump trucks. Under the terms of the program, NYSERDA has approved vehicle manufacturers, dealers and retrofit providers that will receive the vouchers, allowing them to pass on the full incentive in a lower vehicle price to buyers.

The program includes the following:

– $9 million is now available in vouchers up to $60,000 that can be used by companies, nonprofits, and state and local government entities toward the purchase of electric trucks and buses. This incentive is available in 30 counties around the state that do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards and is for class 3-8 battery-electric trucks only. NYSERDA-approved electric equipment manufacturers participating in the Truck VIP include AMP Trucks Inc., Boulder Electric Vehicle, Electric Vehicles International and Smith Electric Vehicles.
 – $6 million will be available in vouchers up to $40,000 for the purchase or lease of CNG, hybrid-electric or battery-electric trucks in New York City. This incentive also includes repowering a diesel truck with CNG. The funding is open to all private and nonprofit fleets based in and operating 70% of the time in New York City, and will be available starting in August. A list of participating manufacturers will be available at the launch of the program.
– $4 million to cover up to 80% of the purchase and installation of emission-reduction equipment on medium- and heavy-duty diesel trucks such as diesel particulate filters. The funding is open to all private and nonprofit fleets based in and operating 70% in New York City, and will be available starting in September.

CALSTART, a national nonprofit organization focused on the growth of the clean transportation technology industry, was competitively selected to assist NYSERDA in managing the voucher program.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to partner with NYSERDA, the NYSDOT, and the City of New York to make this program a success,” says John Boesel, president and CEO of CALSTART. “State incentive programs like this one developed by Governor Cuomo have a big impact and really help to clean the air, prevent climate change, and drive innovation in the commercial vehicle sector.”

More information on the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program is available HERE.

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