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August 16, 2006

New York State Aims to Convert its Hybrid Fleet to Plug-Ins

A new $10 million effort in New York State is geared toward converting the state's hybrid fleet—consisting mostly of Toyota Priuses and Ford Hybrid Escapes—into plug-in hybrids. The New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) released a solicitation on August 14th that calls for multiple awards of up to $100,000 for the development of plug-in hybrid vehicle prototypes, which will then be subject to three months of testing. Builders of successful prototype vehicles may then apply for a second round of funding to convert the state's fleet of hybrids into plug-in hybrids. NYSERDA estimates that the state owns between 500 and 600 hybrid cars and light trucks, and the winning bidders will need to present a viable plan to manufacture all—or a significant portion of—the plug-in conversion systems in New York State, or otherwise generate significant economic activity in the state. Proposals are due on September 18th. See NYSERDA's Program Opportunity Notice 1088.

NYSERDA is also offering another $5 million to support the development and manufacturing of advanced vehicle components in New York State. This program will provide funding for new product development and for the siting or expansion of manufacturing facilities to produce innovative on-road vehicle components or systems, with the goal of providing energy, environmental, and economic benefits in the state. NYSERDA is particularly interested in engine and drivetrain efficiency improvements; energy management and storage systems; emissions reductions or after-treatment systems; thermal management systems; auxiliary power systems; and intelligent vehicle technologies, and is also interested in technologies specifically aimed at motorcycles and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. The funds will be awarded in two rounds: proposals for the first round are due on October 4th, and proposals for the second round are due on February 21st, 2007. See NYSERDA's Program Opportunity Notice 1090.