New York State has launched a truck voucher program for New York City that provides incentives to encourage the uptake of alternative fuel commercial trucks. The program includes new natural gas vehicles and vehicles converted from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG). The program is directed toward class 3 to 8 private fleet vehicles, which include large pick-ups, delivery vans, box trucks, buses, tractor trailers, garbage trucks, and construction vehicles such as cement and dump trucks.
“The Truck Voucher Incentive Program is another important step that New York State is taking to meet clean air standards,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “This program highlights the State’s commitment to developing, promoting, and implementing new measures that lower emissions and reduce our carbon footprint. By focusing on advanced transportation technologies, including electronic and hybrid vehicles, we can provide cleaner communities in which to live and work.”
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is administering the program, with funding from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program and in partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT).
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.
The alternative fuels vouchers will be rolled out in late August.
The transportation sector is responsible for three-fourths of petroleum consumption in the United States, and 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in New York, so reducing emissions through alternative-fueled vehicles and improving the performance of diesel trucks can have a significant impact.
$6 million will be available in vouchers covering up to 80% of the incremental cost to a maximum $40,000 for the purchase or lease of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), 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 percent 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.
(Source: New York State Government)