Rebates for Scrapping Old Trucks with Alt Fuels Encouraged,
Program for Off-Hour/Late Night Ops Includes $2,000 Incentive
The New York City Department of Transportation is offering rebates for scrapping or replacing older diesel trucks, continuing a five-year initiative focused on the South Bronx through HPCTP, the Hunts Point Clean Trucks Program.
“Whether an applicant is interested in scrapping an older truck or would like to purchase a new 2010 hybrid electric diesel truck, the Hunts Point Clean Trucks Program is designed to provide the applicant the flexibility to choose a clean truck option that is most suitable for the applicant’s specific business needs,” states the HPCTP website.
Rebates for 2013 posted this month range from $2,500 for the scrapping of a year 2006 or older Class 3 diesel (or $60,000 toward replacing it with a full battery electric) to $70,000 for replacing a Class 7 diesel with a battery electric (or for replacing with a Class 8 battery truck, when a fully electric product becomes available).
Rebates for replacing an old diesel with a hybrid electric or compressed natural gas truck range from $40,000 for Class 5 and Class 6 vehicles to $48,000 for Class 7 and Class 8.
HPCTP money is available to help pay for the installation of diesel emission controls too.
Off-Hour Deliveries Encouraged
Separately, NYCDOT and partners including the U.S. Department of Transportation and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have launched NYC DeliverEase – aka OHD, for off-hours delivery – to help city businesses save money by shifting all or part of their daily deliveries to off-hours between 10pm and 6am.
A 2009-2010 pilot program, says HPCTP, “showed numerous benefits including time savings of as much as three hours per route, reduced parking tickets and lower fuels costs, more reliable deliveries, reduction in need for extra inventory and increase in time spent with customers.”
$2,000 Incentive Offered
“Deliveries made during the business day cost us all,” NYCDOT says, “as stores pass on the expenses of wasted time, lost revenue, missed deliveries and parking tickets.”
According to the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, NYC DeliverEase allows business owners to
- have more time available to spend with customers, instead of waiting for a delivery to arrive;
- receive on-time deliveries all the time. “After all, your supplies will be there waiting when you open your business in the morning;” and
- reduce the need for extra inventory, therefore, saving money on inventory costs.
And, the Chamber says, “as encouragement to participate in NYC DeliverEase, you will receive a $2,000 financial incentive.”
Fleets & Fuels publisher Gladstein, Neandross & Associates helps mange the Hunts Point Clean Trucks Program on behalf of NYCDOT.
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Source: NYCDOT/HPCTP with Fleets & Fuels follow-up