New York Launches $19 Million Electric Truck Voucher Program

September 26, 2013

The State of  New York on August 9 announced a $19 million New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program to encourage the purchase of battery-electric commercial trucks as well as other energy-efficient transportation, including hybrid and compressed natural gas trucks.  The truck voucher program will have two voucher funds: $9 million for battery-electric truck vouchers offered in 30 counties around the state that did not meet federal clean air standards, primarily downstate New York, the Capital Region, and Western New York; and a $10 million alternative fuels voucher fund for New York City, which also includes compressed natural gas, hybrid-electric vehicles, and retrofitting diesel engines with emission control devices.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is administering the program, with funding from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program and in partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York City Department of Transportation. The program is directed toward class 3 to 8 trucks, which include large pick-ups, delivery vans, box trucks, buses, tractor trailers, garbage trucks, and construction vehicles such as cement and dump trucks. Under the terms of the program, NYSERDA approved vehicle manufacturers, dealers,  and retrofit providers which will receive the vouchers, allowing them to pass on the full incentive in a lower vehicle price to buyers. See the New York press release.