Cuomo Announces Truck Voucher Incentive Program

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has unveiled a $19 million New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program to encourage the purchase of battery-electric commercial trucks as well as other energy-efficient transportation, including hybrid and compressed natural gas trucks.

The truck voucher program will include two voucher funds: $9 million for battery-electric truck vouchers offered in 30 counties around the state that did not meet federal clean air standards, primarily downstate New York, the Capital Region and Western New York; and a $10 million alternative fuels voucher fund for New York City, which also includes compressed natural gas, hybrid-electric vehicles and retrofitting diesel engines with emission control devices.

“The Truck Voucher Incentive Program is another important step that New York State is taking to meet clean air standards,” Cuomo said. “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 is administering the program, with funding from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program and in partnership with the state Department of Transportation and the New York City Department of Transportation.

The program is directed toward class 3 to 8 trucks, which include large pick-ups, delivery vans, box trucks, buses, tractor trailers, garbage trucks, and construction vehicles such as cement and dump trucks. 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 electric truck vouchers will be available beginning today with vouchers accepted for purchases of eligible vehicles meeting program guidelines. The alternative fuels voucher and diesel retrofit funding for NYC will be rolled out in late August and September, respectively.

The program complements Cuomo’s Charge NY program, which looks to stimulate demand for electric vehicles and investments in infrastructure, and includes funding from NYSERDA, the New York Power Authority and tax credits. Cuomo has directed the Public Service Commission to review existing policies and regulations to ensure the evolution of the electric vehicle market in New York.

The transportation sector is responsible for three-fourths of petroleum consumption in this country, 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.

NYSERDA estimates that this program could encourage the purchase or retrofit of up to 1,000 low-emission trucks in areas of the state with the poorest air quality.

For more information on the New York Truck-Voucher Incentive Program, visit truck-vip.ny.gov.