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New York Offers ZEV Rebates to Municipal Fleets

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week announced $2.2 million from the Environmental Protection Fund is now available in rebates for municipalities to purchase or lease electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for municipal fleet use and for installing public charging or fuel cell refueling infrastructure. The state promises that these zero-emission vehicle and infrastructure investments will advance the governor's clean transportation and climate change goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"New York is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, just as we have already significantly reduced emissions from electric power," he said. "These investments are part of New York's focus at all levels of government to build cutting-edge, resilient infrastructure, generate more energy from renewable sources, and support a cleaner, greener, more sustainable New York for all."

The rebate program will be administered by DEC through the New York State Grants Gateway. DEC is accepting applications from municipalities for rebates beginning Sept. 12 and continuing through May 31, 2018. Funding available through round two includes:

  • Clean Vehicle Rebates: $200,000. Costs incurred by a municipality on or after April 1, 2016, to own or lease for at least 36 months a new clean vehicle for its fleet are eligible. Rebates of $2,500 are available for vehicles with a 10-50 mile electric range; $5,000 rebates are available for vehicles with a 50+ mile-electric range.
  • Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Infrastructure Rebates: $1,000,000. Costs incurred by a municipality to install Level 2 networked chargers or provide charging stations that offer Direct Current Fast Charging service are eligible, up to $8,000 per port or $32,000 per fast charger pedestal, limited to $250,000 per location. A match equal to 20 percent of the rebate request is required.
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Infrastructure Rebates: $1,000,000. Costs incurred during the contract term by a municipality to install or contribute to installation of a facility for refueling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are eligible, with a required match equal to 20 percent of the rebate request. Limited to $250,000 per facility.

In round one of the ZEV rebates, municipalities purchased 79 clean vehicles and were awarded rebates to install 194 new ports of public charging capacity.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said DEC is "pleased to support municipalities in their efforts to transition to their municipal fleets to clean vehicles and install clean vehicle charging and fueling infrastructure for their communities. Forward-thinking municipalities like our 208 registered Climate Smart Communities are key players in New York's greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy."

The state's goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 under Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy.

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