New York State has launched a $19 million program to promote sales of commercial electric-powered and alternative-fuel vehicles.
The New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP) will provide vendors with vouchers to reduce customer purchase costs of electric and alternative-fuel trucks and diesel emission control devices (DECDs).
NYT-VIP is a ‚Äúfirst-come, first-served‚Äù program that includes three separate funds administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
One fund is the New York State Electric Vehicle ‚Äì Voucher Incentive Fund (NYSEV-VIF), vouchers for which are available now. This is a $9 million fund which provides voucher incentives for battery powered all-electric vehicles (EVs) that can be classified under Class 3 to Class 8 private and public fleet vehicles.
Vehicles must be registered, garaged and operated at least 70 percent of the time in one of the 30 NYS counties that¬†do not meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards. NYSEV-VIF will provide vouchers to vendors covering 80 percent of the incremental cost, up to a maximum of $60,000 per EV.
The second fund is the New York City Alternative Fuel Vehicle ‚Äì Voucher Incentive Fund (NYCAFV- VIF). This is a $6 million fund for purchase of alternative fuel vehicles in NYC, including EVs, hybrids, CNG vehicles and CNG engine conversions. ¬†The rest of the criteria are about the same, except that the vehicle is limited to NYC‚Äôs five boroughs, and the voucher covers a maximum of $40,000 per vehicle.
The third fund is the New York City Diesel Emission Reduction ‚Äì Voucher Incentive Fund (NYCDER-VIF). This is a $4 million fund that provides vouchers for DECDs. The criteria are the same as NYCAFV- VIF, except that this fund covers the full cost of the DECD purchase and installation.
The alternative fuels voucher programs for NYC will become available later this month, and the DECD voucher program is set to begin next month.
Francis J. Murray Jr., president and CEO, NYSERDA, said that New York State is lessening its dependence on foreign petroleum by promoting energy-efficient transportation and electric trucks, and by incentivizing businesses and municipalities to embrace eco-friendly transportation technologies.
Pasadena, California-based¬†CALSTART, a non-profit that promotes growth of clean transportation technology, is helping NYSERDA manage NYT-VIP.
John Boesel, President and CEO of CALSTART, said they were excited about the opportunity for partnering with NYSERDA, the City of New York and NYS DOT to make this program a success.
NYT-VIP is inviting OEMs, vehicle technology vendors, leased vehicle operators and fleet owners to participate in the program. Find out more at truck-vip.ny.gov.