Governor Hochul adds $12 million to program that helps consumers save up to $2,000 when buying electric vehicles


Drive Clean Rebate Program Helps New Yorkers Drive Cleaner Cars and Lowers Upfront Costs

January 19, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced more than $12 million added to the Drive Clean Rebate program to help consumers save up to $2,000 on the purchase of an electric vehicle and $2.7 million awarded to local governments to purchase electric vehicles and install zero-emission charging/refueling stations for public use to fight climate change and build healthier communities. Together, the consumer rebate program and grants to 49 community projects total $14.7 million to advance the state’s efforts to achieve New York’s ambitious Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050.

“Zero-emission vehicles are one of the most effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive the electrification of our transportation sector,” Governor Hochul said. “Every step we take in the transition to clean electric vehicles is one step closer to improving air quality in communities, and New York is proud to continue to lead the way to a cleaner future. and greener.”

For consumers buying or leasing an electric vehicle, the Drive Clean Rebate program offers a point-of-sale rebate that reduces upfront costs. Available in all 62 counties across the state, the rebate, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is offered through car dealerships. Rebates ranging from $500 to $2,000 are available on more than 60 vehicle models, and consumers receive higher rebates for the purchase or lease of longer-range all-electric vehicles with a suggested retail price by the manufacturer less than $42,000.

Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “The New York State ZEV Awards and Drive Clean Rebate program send important messages to communities and consumers, now is the time to take the simple step to owning an electric vehicle or building a a fleet of electric vehicles We can all be proud that EV chargers and infrastructure are more prevalent in the state than ever before, supporting all New Yorkers in their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint with transportation options that help build stronger, healthier communities in our fight against climate change.

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “New York State is making significant investments to make our transportation sector greener by working hand-in-hand with communities. I applaud Governor Hochul’s efforts to support action at the local level. Recipients of Today’s grant is setting a clean, green example for the rest of the state and country. Purchasing electric vehicles and installing charging stations will help these municipalities, as well as residents and visitors, and show how these communities are making it a priority to reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions.”

New York Power Authority Interim Chairman and CEO Justin E. Driscoll said, “Fast, easily accessible charging is key to the widespread acceptance of emission-free transportation. Building infrastructure through New York’s EVolve NY program makes it easy for consumers to do their part to help the state meet its ambitious climate goals by reducing greenhouse gas pollution and creating a healthier environment for all of us.”

The $2.7 million in grants for the 2021 cycle of the DEC Municipal Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program are funded by the state Environmental Protection Fund and administered by DEC. The 49 prizes awarded to 20 municipalities total nearly $2.5 million to help fund the installation of 200 additional Level 2 charging ports, six additional DC fast charging pedestals (DCFCs) and two nozzles hydrogen refueling. Additionally, 10 prizes totaling $215,000 were given to municipalities to support the purchase of 32 battery electric vehicles for municipal fleet use. Eligible vehicles must have a minimum electric range of 50 miles.

The 2021 ZEV award recipients are:

Capital District
City of Chester: $44,965 for eight Tier 2 charging ports

NYC Center
City of Dewitt: $297,700 for two hydrogen fueling nozzles and four Tier 2 charging ports
Town of Manlius: $21,286 for four Tier 2 charging ports

Finger Lakes
City of Canandaigua: $358,984 for eight Level 2 charging ports
Monroe County: $248,360 for 16 Tier 2 charging ports
Village of Perry: $7,500 for a battery electric vehicle

Long Island
City of East Hampton: $250,000 for 20 Tier 2 charging ports
Town of Hempstead: $15,000 for two battery electric vehicles
Village of Great Neck Estates: $36,436 for two Tier 2 charging ports
Village of Bayville: $26,871.32 for two Tier 2 charging ports
Village of Port Jefferson: $21,386.25 for two Tier 2 charging ports
Town of Shelter Island: $15,000 for two battery electric vehicles

Mid Hudson
City of Yonkers: $261,842 for 74 Tier 2 charging ports
Town of Red Hook: $153,628 for two quick-charge pads
City of Clarkstown: $89,403 for 10 Level 2 charging ports and $10,000 for two battery electric vehicles
City of Kingston: $73,637 for six Tier 2 charging ports
Town of Pound Ridge: $57,790.60 for 20 Tier 2 charging ports
Town of Montgomery: $51,480 for 10 Tier 2 charging ports
Town of Poughkeepsie: $46,388 for 10 Tier 2 charging ports
City of New Rochelle: $35,000 for seven battery electric vehicles
Village of Walden: $22,426 for two Tier 2 charging ports
Town of Fishkill: $7,500 for a battery electric vehicle
Village of Hastings-on-Hudson: $7,500 for a battery electric vehicle
Village of Ossining: $5,000 for a battery electric vehicle

New York City
New York City: $112,500 for 15 battery electric vehicles

Northern country
City of Westport: $112,108 for a fast charging pad

South level
Village of Montour Falls: $104,710 for two Level 2 charging ports and a fast charging pad

Western New York
Village of Sherman: $217,200 for two fast charging stations

Since its inception in 2016, DEC’s municipal ZEV program has awarded more than $7.5 million for the purchase of 144 plug-in hybrid vehicles, 106 all-electric vehicles, 622 level 2 charging stations, 16 fast charging pads and three hydrogen refueling nozzles. . For more information, visit .

As announced in Governor Hochul’s State of the State Agenda 2022 on Jan. 5, New York will accelerate the adoption of zero-emission electric vehicles with a proposed investment of $1 billion to support adoption and l electric vehicle infrastructure, electrifying the state fleet by 2035, achieving 100% electric school buses by 2035 and transforming Hunts Point into a clean distribution center.

The New York Power Authority has now installed 90 high-speed charging stations in its Evolve NY interstate network, which brings high-speed, open-access charging to key locations along major travel corridors and in urban areas. to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles.

To further support the decarbonization of the transportation sector, New York State has already implemented several key programs to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles. In September, Governor Hochul signed legislation Link opens in a new window - close the new window to return to this page. set a goal for all new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York State to be zero emissions by 2035. Governor Hochul also recently announced Link opens in a new window - close the new window to return to this page. DEC’s finalization of the Advanced Clean Truck Rule that will phase in the sale and use of zero-emission trucks and reduce their harmful pollutants, which disproportionately impact the health and well-being of disadvantaged communities .

New York State’s Nation-Leading Climate Act

New York State’s premier climate program is the nation’s most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues to drive a healthy economy. green as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Enshrined in law by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on track to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70% power generation renewable energy by 2030, and achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York’s unprecedented investments to expand clean energy, including more than $33 billion in 102 large-scale renewable energy and transmission projects across the state, $6.8 billion in dollars to reduce emissions from buildings, $1.8 billion to expand solar power, more than $1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and more than $1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments . Together, these investments support nearly 158,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector in 2020, 2,100% growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011, and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind power from ‘by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York will build on that progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring ensuring that at least 35%, with a target of 40%, of the benefits of clean energy investments are directed to disadvantaged communities, and advancing progress towards the state 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing 185 trillion BTUs of on-site energy consumption in end-use energy savings.


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