New York State Adds Plug-In Electric Car Incentives

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New York State has now shown up on the electric cars incentives radar, with an announcement of a $2,000 per vehicle credit – available for pure electric, plug-in hybrid and of course, hydrogen fuel cell models (if any were to be offered in NY  that is).

Making plug-ins even more affordable (on top of the $7,500 federal tax credit) should help in reaching NY’s climate and clean energy goals.

In less than 10 years, New York State wishes to have more than 800,000 zero-emission vehicles on the roads.

“Governor Cuomo and state legislators have included a rebate program for zero-emission and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles within the SFY2016-17 Budget. The program will provide consumers with a $2,000 per vehicle credit, and appears in Part AA of the Transportation, Environmental Conservation, and Economic Development bill (S.6408C/A.9008C). The program moves us closer to achieving Cuomo Administration commitments: reducing climate-altering pollution 80 percent by 2050, and putting more than 800,000 zero-emission vehicles on the roads in New York State by 2025.

The Environmental Protection Fund will also support public electric vehicle infrastructure and provide up to $5,000 for each electric vehicle a local government buys.

The program now heads to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for implementation.”

Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York added:

“New York State has been a leader when it comes to reducing carbon pollution from power plants, but until now we lacked a program to help consumers move to clean cars and away from fossil fuel-guzzling machines. This program—coupled with what is happening in other states—has the potential to unleash innovation within the U.S. auto industry and will result in cleaner, healthier air.

Today, over one-third of the state’s carbon emissions come from the transportation sector. An 80 percent reduction in climate pollution by 2050 means that in less than 34 years, New York State will have no more gas stations. There will be no need for fossil fuel infrastructure, and every car on the road will run on clean, renewable energy.

These are aggressive goals, for sure, which are achievable if we don’t lose sight of what’s at stake, and continue to advocate and implement programs like this, which grow the clean car industry and empower consumers.

The next steps to finalize the electric vehicle rebate program are crucial. We must ensure that the full weight and muscle of NYSERDA is behind both fully funding and implementing the program, and is supported by a robust marketing plan that attracts consumers and gets auto dealers on board.

Environmental Advocates of New York applauds Governor Cuomo and legislators for delivering on clean cars. We also want to thank the broad coalition of advocates and automakers who partnered with us to position New York as an electric vehicle leader.”

source: Environmental Advocates of New York, NRDC

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5 responses to "New York State Adds Plug-In Electric Car Incentives"

  1. ClarksonCote says:

    Too bad it’s not retroactive, boo. 😉

    The announcement also indicated that local governments would get a $5,000 incentive, if I remember correctly.

    So hopefully that also a nice additional incentive to convert heavy daily-use vehicles to electric and reduce emissions that much more.

  2. ffbj says:

    No gas stations by 2050 in New York state?
    Well, it’s a dream, a wonderful dream, unlike the nightmare the oil and gas industry would have us believe. Increasing demand and need for their products.

    Actually demand for gas in the U.S. fell last month for the first time in over a year. Supply is increasing and prices are falling once again.

    1. deborah crazy train flower power says:

      YEP….

  3. Bill Howland says:

    So when is the earliest calendar date that we can purchase an EV and get $2000 off?

  4. Kdawg says:

    Is it just a flat $2000, or is there a formula based on battery size?