New York State Launches EV Rebate Program

New York State is launching a rebate program for EVs this spring.

New York is one of eight states that follows California’s lead when it comes to emissions standards. But the state doesn’t mandate sales of zero-emissions vehicles from automakers, nor does it offer incentives to consumers for buying them.

Until now. Starting later this spring, perhaps as soon as April 1, the state will offer a $2,000 rebate for the purchase of either a battery-electric car or a plug-in hybrid.

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Technically, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will also be eligible, but none are sold in the Empire State at this time.

“We want to make electric vehicles a mainstream option,” state Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, a Westchester County Democrat who leads the Assembly energy committee, said to the Associated Press. “They are becoming more affordable and we need to encourage them.”

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The program was actually approved last year, as state lawmakers worked on the 2016-2017 fiscal-year budget, but details weren’t yet finalized.

In fact, the details are still being hammered out by the agency responsible – the New State Energy Research and Development Authority – even though the legislation had set an April 1 deadline for launch.

Part of the launch will include outreach to dealers by officials, to make sure the dealers are aware of the program.

In order for these type of programs to incentivize consumers to buy EVs, consumers need to be aware of them – and so, too, do the dealers that sell the cars.

New York joins other states in the Northeast, such as Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Delaware in offering rebates for EVs.

The state has already encouraged fleet use of EVs, and supported improved charging infrastructure. It also signed an agreement with the other seven states that use California emissions standards to get more EVs on its highways and byways. It signed the agreement in 2013.

All told, the eight states are aiming for a combined 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles to hit their pavement by 2025.

Times-Union, Green Car Reports

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