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July 22, 2012 in CNG, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NYSERDA and Calstart Rev Up $19 Million NYT-VIP Program

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Calstart are launching NYT-VIP, the $19 million New York Truck-Voucher Incentive Program, aiming to “speed up the market acceptance of advanced vehicle technologies in the commercial truck and bus sectors” and “reduce the incremental costs of purchasing or retrofitting cleaner medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks and buses.”

NYSERDA president and CEO Francis Murray, whose agency is launching NYT-VIP, the New York Truck – Voucher Incentive Program, with assistance from Calstart.

The program uses money from the Federal Highway Administration’s CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality) program to provide incentives for alternative fuel trucks and buses and diesel emission controls in New York State – and especially New York City.

Calstart won the management job following a competitive process, NYSERDA says. (Pasadena, Calif.-based Calstart also helps administer the California Air Resources Board’s Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program.)

Among the new NYT-VIP incentives are

  • $9 million distributed as vouchers of $20,000 per eligible vehicle for the purchase or lease of Class 3 through 8 trucks that function solely as all-electric battery drive, operating and domiciling in any non-attainment and maintenance areas of New York State (30 counties);
  • $6 million in incentives (plus a potential additional $5.5 million) of up to $40,000 per eligible vehicle for purchase or lease of Class 3 through 8 compressed natural gas, hybrid electric, and electric trucks in New York City. Repowering a diesel truck with CNG is also eligible, and the program is open to all private and non-profit fleets operating primarily (70% of the time) in the five boroughs of New York City. The $40,000 vouchers are to become available on or about August 15; and
  • $4 million for the integration of diesel emission controls into fleet vehicles in New York City. The vouchers will cover up to 80% of the cost of purchasing and installing emission reduction equipment on medium and heavy-duty diesel vehicles operating primarily in New York City. The diesel retrofit vouchers are to become available on or about September 12.

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Source: NYSERDA and Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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