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$3 Million Available to Municipalities for Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) and ZEV Infrastructure

Halco electric vehicle display at "Drive and Shine" electric vehicle expo and solar fair on September 11, 2016.

The Municipal ZEV rebate program will be administered by DEC through the New York State Grants Gateway. Municipalities will be eligible for reimbursement of up $5,000 per vehicle for purchase or leasing of eligible clean vehicles, and up to $250,000 per facility for installation of eligible Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment or hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure. DEC will accept applications for rebates on a first-come, first-served basis through March 31, 2017, or until the funds are exhausted. Applications will be evaluated for eligibility and technical merit according to the criteria outlined in the Request for Applications found in the Grants Gateway Grant Opportunity Portal.

A total of up to $750,000 will be available for clean vehicle rebates. Municipalities that purchase a new clean vehicle on or after April 1, 2016 are eligible for the rebate. Vehicles must be purchased or leased from a dealership within New York State. Rebates of $2,500 are available for vehicles with a 10-50 mile electric range. Rebates of $5,000 are available for vehicles with an electric range greater than 50 miles.

In addition, a total of up to $1,250,000 will be available for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment infrastructure. Costs incurred by a municipality to provide charging stations that offer Level 2 networked EVSE or Direct Current Fast Charging service are eligible for rebates up to $8,000 per port or $32,000 per pedestal. A match equal to 20 percent of the rebate request is required.

A total of up to $1,000,000 will be available for hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure. Costs incurred during the contract term by a municipality to install or contribute to installation of a facility for refueling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are eligible, with a required match equal to 20 percent of the rebate request.

The Climate Smart Communities program will host a webinar on September 15 from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the ways New York State is supporting municipalities’ efforts to increase adoption of ZEVs. During the webinar, speakers will provide information about ZEV programs that are part of the Environmental Protection Fund, and other New York State ZEV initiatives. For details, visit the event listing in the DEC Calendar.

For questions about municipal clean vehicle/ZEV infrastructure rebates, email or contact DEC’s Office of Climate Change at 518-402-8448.

For additional questions about electric vehicles and infrastructure in CNY, please contact Chris Carrick at or 315-422-8276 x213.

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