Tax incentives and/or other incentives for drivers of electric vehicles in Albany.
Heavy-duty vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 8,500 pounds may not idle for more than five consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion. Exceptions apply, including when idling is necessary due to traffic conditions; to maintain temperatures (under regulation) for passenger comfort; to provide auxiliary power or for maintenance purposes; to recharge batteries in hybrid electric vehicles; for electric vehicles; and for emergency service vehicles. (Reference New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regulations Chapter III, Subpart 217-3)
Through the Clean Pass Program, eligible electric-drive vehicles may use the Long Island Expressway (LIE) HOV lanes, regardless of the number of occupants in the vehicle. Vehicles must display the Clean Pass vehicle sticker, which is available from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. To apply for the Clean Pass vehicle sticker, visit the Clean Pass Stickers for HOV Lanes on the LIE website. This exemption expires September 30, 2025. For a list of eligible vehicles and Clean Pass sticker application instructions, see the Clean Pass Program website.
Conventional original equipment manufacturer vehicles altered to operate on propane, natural gas, methane, ethanol, or electricity are classified as aftermarket AFV conversions. All vehicle conversions must meet current applicable California Air Resources Board standards for aftermarket conversions. (Reference New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regulations Chapter III, Subpart 218)
Port drayage trucks must meet or exceed Model Year 2010 engine federal emissions standards to access the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) marine terminals. Drayage trucks operating on liquefied or compressed natural gas, electricity, or hybrid electric technology are exempt from these requirements. For purposes of this rule, drayage trucks are defined as on-road vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 33,001 pounds or greater and intended to load, unload, or transport cargo from PANYNJ terminals. Additional rules apply. For more information, see the PANYNJ Truck Replacement Program website.
Vehicles powered exclusively by electricity are exempt from state motor vehicle emissions inspections. For more information, see the New York Vehicle Inspection Program (NYVIP2) website. (Reference New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regulations Chapter III, Part 217-6)
ConEdison offers a TOU rate to residential customers that own or lease an eligible EV. For more information, including how to enroll, see the Electric Vehicles Rates website.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) provides rebates of up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of a new eligible EV. An eligible vehicle must:
Rebate amounts vary based on a vehicle’s all-electric range and manufacturer’s suggested retail price. For more information, including a list of eligible vehicles, see the NYSERDA Drive Clean Rebate website.
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) EVolve NY program has allocated up to $250 million to support EVs and address charging infrastructure gaps throughout the state. EVolve NY will implement this funding in phases. The initial phase directs $40 million to fund three initiatives through 2019, including programs for interstate direct current (DC) fast chargers, airport charging hubs, and EV model communities. NYPA must post on their website a report by January 31 annually on the activities undertaken, including the total number of electric vehicle supply equipment supported and the total costs allocated. For more information, see the NYPA EVolve NY website. (Reference New York Consolidated Laws Public Authorities Section 1005(18), 1005(23), and 1005(24e))
Eligible plug-in electric vehicle customers can receive $150 by joining the SmartCharge New York Program. Participants may earn up to $800 in incentives annually by installing a connected car device provided by Con Edison that tracks driving and charging habits, and by charging during off-peak hours. For more information, including how to apply, see the SmartCharge New York website.
Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) Long Island offers customers an incentive to own and operate direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations. Award amounts are dependent on eligibility year, DCFC power rating, and the configuration of the charging equipment. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, see the PSEG Long Island DCFC Charging website.
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