New York kicks off $19 million electric truck voucher program

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Friday, August 16, 2013

The state of New York is unveiling a $19 million truck voucher program to encourage truck owners to purchase battery-electric commercial trucks and hybrid and compressed natural gas trucks.

The New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program is providing the vouchers to truck manufacturers, dealers and retrofit providers, “allowing them to pass on the full incentive in a lower vehicle price to buyers,” according to a news release from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Of the $19 million, $9 million worth of $60,000 vouchers became available Aug. 9, and is available for eligible companies, non-profits and state and local governments replacing Class 3 to Class 8 trucks and buses with battery-electric models. The original $9 million is for companies and entities originating in 30 New York counties that do not meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

The sum of $6 million is available in vouchers worth up to $40,000 each for the purchase, re-power or lease of Compressed Natural Gas, hybrid-electric or battery-electric trucks in New York City. To be eligible, private and non-profit fleets must operate 70 percent of their time in New York City.

The program’s remaining $4 million is slated to cover up to 80 percent of the purchase and installation costs for diesel particulate filters and other emission reduction equipment for medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks that operate 70 percent of their time in New York City.

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“The Truck Voucher Incentive Program is another important step that New York State is taking to meet clean air standards,” Cuomo said, according to the release. “This program highlights the state’s commitment to developing, promoting and implementing new measures that lower emissions and reduce our carbon footprint. By focusing on advanced transportation technologies, including hybrid vehicles, we can provide cleaner communities in which to live and work.”

The program is being administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and is funded by the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program in partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York City Department of Transportation.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority estimates the program could eventually encourage the purchase or retrofit of up to 1,000 low-emission trucks that drive in the state’s most polluted areas.

“By promoting electric trucks as well as other energy-efficient transportation solutions, the state will lessen its dependence on foreign petroleum while incentivizing municipalities and businesses to embrace more environmentally friendly transportation technologies,” said Francis Murray, president of the state’s Energy Research and Development Authority, according to the release.

The news release said CALSTART, a “national nonprofit organization focused on the growth of the clean transportation technology industry, was competitively selected to assist” New York’s administration of the voucher program.

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