Mostly Electric Vehicles, But NGVs and DPFs Getting Funding Too
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a long-gestating $19 million initiative to spur the deployment of advanced technology in the state. NYT-VIP – the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program – has a decided emphasis on electric vehicles, but provides funding as well for natural gas vehicles, and for the installation of diesel particulate filters.
Some $9 million for battery-electric trucks is being made available immediately via vouchers in 30 counties around the state that did not meet federal clean air standards, the governor’s office says. A $10 million alternative fuels voucher and diesel retrofit funding for New York City will be rolled out late this month and in September, respectively.
NYT-VIP has been in the works for more than a year (F&F, July 22, 2012).
“The NYT-VIP voucher is intended to reduce about half the incremental costs of purchasing advanced technology heavy-duty trucks and buses,” says the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
Assistance from Calstart
NYSERDA is administering the program with the New York State and New York City Departments of Transportation. Funding is via CMAQ, the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program.
Pasadena, Calif.-based Calstart is helping administer NYT-VIP.
The program “highlights the State’s commitment to developing, promoting, and implementing new measures that lower emissions and reduce our carbon footprint,” Gov. Cuomo said in a release. “By focusing on advanced transportation technologies, including electronic and hybrid vehicles, we can provide cleaner communities in which to live and work.”
Amp Claims Price Lead
NYT-VIP also highlights pricing. “It’s all out there on the table,” says Amp Electric Vehicles founder and CEO Steve Burns, whose firm acquired the Workhorse name and Indiana factory from Navistar earlier this year, and plans to re-start production late in the first quarter of 2014.
Amp’s price for a vehicle up to 19,500 pounds GVW with 100-kilowatt lithium battery pack is just $133,000. “We own the factory,” Burns explains. We don’t have to buy the chassis. Making that chassis in Indiana gives us a huge leg up on the pricing.”
With $60,000 from NYSERDA, “We’re on par with what a diesel truck costs,” he told F&F.
The program is directed toward class 3 to 8 trucks, says the governor’s office, including large pick-ups, delivery vans, box trucks, buses, tractor trailers, garbage trucks, and such construction vehicles as concrete mixers and dump trucks. “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,” states the program announcement.
Cuomo’s office further explains:
- $9 million is now available in vouchers up to $60,000 that can be used by companies, non-profits and state and local government entities toward the purchase of electric trucks and buses. This incentive is available in 30 counties around the state which do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards and is for class 3-8 battery-electric trucks only. NYSERDA-approved electric equipment manufacturers participating in the Truck VIP include AMP Trucks Inc., Boulder Electric Vehicle, Electric Vehicles International and Smith Electric Vehicles,
- $6 million will be available in vouchers up to $40,000 for the purchase or lease of compressed natural gas, hybrid-electric or battery-electric trucks in New York City. This incentive also includes repowering a diesel truck with CNG. The funding is open to all private and non-profit fleets based in and operating 70% of the time in New York City, and will be available starting in August. A list of participating manufacturers will be available at the launch of the program.
- $4 million to cover up to 80% of the purchase and installation of emission reduction equipment on medium- and heavy-duty diesel trucks such as diesel particulate filters. The funding is open to all private and non-profit fleets based in and operating 70% in New York City, and will be available starting in September.
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Source: NYSERDA and Fleets & Fuels follow-up