“Governor Cuomo recognizes that transportation is key to economic growth and this new voucher program is a perfect example of that,” state department of transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said. “Using our Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program funding, this program will improve air quality, incentivize companies to purchase alternative fuel vehicles and support emerging businesses that are creating jobs in New York State.”
“These investments have already helped dozens of companies operate greener fleets on New York City’s streets,” said NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. “With this new infusion we can now go the extra mile and convert an additional 500 trucks to cleaner technology so they can keep New York moving in a way that enhances the economy and the health of all New Yorkers.”
• $9 million is now available in vouchers up to $60,000 that can be used by companies, non-profits and state and local government entities toward the purchase of electric trucks and buses. This incentive is available in 30 counties around the state which 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 compressed natural gas (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 non-profit fleets based in and operating 70 percent 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 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 non-profit fleets based in and operating 70 percent in New York City, and will be available starting in September.
CALSTART, a national non-profit 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,” said 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."