NY Launches $19M Alt-Fuel Truck Voucher Program
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has launched a $19 million truck voucher program to encourage companies to purchase battery-electric commercial trucks as well as other energy-efficient transportation, including hybrid and compressed natural gas trucks.
The New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program includes two voucher funds. The first: $9 million 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 in 30 counties around the state that did not meet federal clean air standards, primarily downstate New York, the Capital Region and Western New York.
The second is a $10 million alternative fuels voucher fund for New York City, which also includes compressed natural gas, hybrid-electric vehicles and retrofitting diesel engines with emission control devices. Of the $10 million, $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 percent of the time in New York City, and will be available starting in late August.
The remaining $4 million will cover up to 80 percent 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 percent in New York City, and will be available starting in September.
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 and the New York City Department of Transportation.
The program is directed toward class 3 to 8 trucks, which include large pick-ups, 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-approved vehicle manufacturers, dealers and retrofit providers will receive the vouchers, allowing them to pass on the full incentive in a lower vehicle price to buyers. NYSERDA approved electric equipment manufacturers participating in the Truck VIP include AMP Trucks, Boulder Electric Vehicle, Electric Vehicles International and Smith Electric Vehicles.
The transportation sector is responsible for three-fourths of petroleum consumption in the US, and 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in New York. NYSERDA estimates that this program could encourage the purchase or retrofit of up to 1,000 low-emission trucks in areas of the state with the poorest air quality.
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