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USA: The New York Truck-Voucher Incentive Program

About the Program

The New York Truck-Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP) is a streamlined program designed to continue to expand the use of Diesel Emissions Control Device (DECD) equipment, compressed natural gas (CNG), battery electric hybrid, and fully battery electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks within fleets in New York City and parts of New York State, which will reduce harmful emissions and the State’s dependence on foreign petroleum. NYT-VIP accomplishes this mission by addressing the biggest barrier to fleet purchase of cleaner medium- and heavy-duty vehicles: the high incremental cost of these vehicles and technologies in the early market years when production volumes are still low. For public and private fleets located in non-attainment counties of New York (see map) vouchers will be available for up to $60,000 for new battery electric trucks. For privately-owned fleets in NYC, vouchers are available toward the incremental cost of new CNG, hybrid-electric, and battery-electric trucks; for the conversion of existing trucks to CNG, and for the installation of advanced diesel emission controls for pre-2007 trucks as outlined below.

NYT-VIP is designed to offer these incentives using a simplified purchase voucher. Reducing the incremental cost by about 80% was deemed critical by fleets and manufacturers in order to build early market adoption of clean truck technologies. NYT-VIP is designed to incentivize these vehicles and DECD by reducing costs directly at the time of purchase. Registered applicants (dealers) request a voucher for their fleet customers at the time of order; the amounts are pre-set for each qualified vehicle. This approach has proven effective in spurring clean vehicle sales.

NYT-VIP provides a meaningful “kick-start” to the low-emission truck and bus industry; it could help deploy 800 to 1,000 of these vehicles in New York, a significant number in these early market years. Since the NYT-VIP eligible vehicle technologies reduce greenhouse gas emissions, criteria emissions, and petroleum use, NYT-VIP provides a strong public benefit by helping speed commercialization of these cleaner technologies. It also supports a critical ramp-up in production and sales volume that is necessary to meet New York’s clean air goals.

Additional goals of the program include: increasing competitiveness and creating jobs for New York businesses; demonstrating the state’s longstanding status as a global leader in the support of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle technologies; responding to initiatives from the Federal government and State of New York; and supporting effective technology transfer by and between manufacturers, vendors, dealers and public and private fleet purchasers of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

NYT-VIP is administered and implemented through a partnership between NYSERDA, New York State Department of Transportation, New York City Department of Transportation and CALSTART Inc (competitively selected by NYSERDA to assist in program implementation). Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis through three funding sources:

New York State Electric Vehicle-Voucher Incentive Fund: $9 million in incentives distributed as vouchers of up to $60,000 per eligible vehicle for 80% of the net incremental purchase or lease, after all other incentives, of Class 3 through 8 trucks that function solely as all-electric battery drive, operating and domiciling in any non-attainment and maintenance areas of New York State (30 counties).
New York City Private Fleet Alternative Fuel Vehicle-Voucher Incentive Fund: $6 million in incentives (plus potential additional $5.5 million) distributed as vouchers for the lesser of $40,000 or 80% of the net incremental cost after all other incentives per eligible vehicle for the purchase or lease of Class 3 through 8 CNG, hybrid electric, and battery-electric trucks in New York City. Repowering a diesel truck with CNG is also eligible, and the program is open to all private and non-profit fleets primarily (70% of the time) operating in the 5 boroughs of New York City.
New York City Private Fleet Diesel Emission Reduction-Voucher Incentive Fund: $4 million in incentives distributed as vouchers for the integration of diesel emission controls into fleet vehicles in New York City. The vouchers will cover up to 80% of the cost of purchasing and installing emission reduction equipment on medium and heavy-duty diesel vehicles primarily (70% of the time) operated in the 5 boroughs of New York City. This funding source is anticipated to be available later this year but is currently not yet fully committed.

The complete rules and conditions of the program will be available in the NYT-VIP Implementation Manual. Continue to check this site for further updates.

To find out what applicants need to know to participate, visit the For Applicants section of this website. For fleet background on how to participate, visit the For Fleets section. Vehicle and DECD manufacturers can learn how to qualify their products on the For Manufacturers page.


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