New York State has long been a leader in transportation, most likely because of its quaint size yet robust amount of people, citizens and tourists alike. So, it comes as no shock that the state happens to be a trailblazer in the increasingly developing electric-vehicle lifestyle. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has been advancing and encouraging energy solutions to protect the environment, including electric vehicle initiatives for both drivers and charging station site hosts.
Discounts and support for New Yorkers abound
Benefits are available to aid citizens of New York State to buy EVS, business owners and municipalities to install charge stations, and technology developers to research and develop progress around EVs. The New York State Alternative Fuel Vehicle Recharging Tax Credit provides an income tax credit for 50 percent of the cost, up to $5,000, for the purchase and installation of charging stations.
NYSERDA also created a program called Cleaner, Greener Communities that enables regions of the state to create more sustainable communities by providing funds to smart growth practices. Additionally, EVs purchased after 2010 are eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. HOV and toll lanes also provide discounts for EV drivers through the Clean Pass Program, Port Authority Green Pass Discount Plan, and New York State Thruway’s Green Pass Discount Plan.
Several programs promote EVs throughout New York State
The state supports EV and charging station use and development, and it has launched numerous programs to aid EV buyers and create policies advocating for the use of more EVs and the designated infrastructure.
ChargeNY is one such program that aims to put between 30,000 and 40,000 electric cars on the road and install more than 2,500 additional public and workplace charging stations across the state by 2018. The initiative will increase New York State’s electric vehicle support by shifting regulations statewide to facilitate EV charging and educating consumers and policymakers about EV benefits.
Additionally, the Multi-State ZEV (Zero Emissions Vehicles) Action Plan partners New York with seven other states to implement three primary goals for zero-emissions vehicles. Together, the states plan to increase infrastructure planning and funding to encourage ZEV deployment; streamline state rulemaking to remove restrictions around charging station installation; and implement a better ZEV ownership experience by promoting maximum usage via workplace charging, consumer incentives, and promotion of interoperability among charging networks.
And, finally, Clean Fleets NY promotes the collaboration of select agency vehicles to ensure that at least 50 percent of new, administrative-use vehicles will be ZEVs, including battery electric, plug-in electric hybrid, or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Setting a positive example
New York State is making all the right moves to promote and sustain EVs and electric vehicle infrastructure from a consumer- and government-standpoint alike. It already has programs in place that actively engage other states to work together and enable EV growth, which sets a tone for the future of electric vehicles. As New York continues progressing, it sets a powerful example for other states to heed, and with the rapid forward motion of EVs, it will become more and more important that the rest of the country takes notes and follows suit.