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For Release: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

DEC Announces $300,000 for Municipalities for Zero-Emission Vehicles Purchase or Lease

State's continued investments in clean vehicles will advance New York State's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that $300,000 is available from the State's Environmental Protection Fund in the form of rebates to municipalities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).

Commissioner Seggos said, "New York is leading the nation in reducing our carbon footprint by aggressively investing in clean transportation vehicles and infrastructure and our investments are making it more affordable for our communities to make the switch to cleaner vehicles, resulting in lower fuel costs for taxpayers. DEC is pleased to support municipalities in their efforts to transition municipal fleets to clean, climate-friendly alternatives."

The EV rebate program will be administered by DEC through the New York State Grants Gateway. DEC will accept applications from municipalities for rebates, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, through July 26, 2019. Costs incurred by a municipality, on or after May 1, 2018, to purchase or lease, for at least 36 months, a new ZEV for its fleet are eligible for a rebate of $2,500 for vehicles with a 10- to 50-mile electric range, and $5,000 for vehicles with an electric range of more than 50 miles. Battery electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are all eligible.

The state's ZEV investments will advance the Governor's climate change and clean transportation goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. ZEVs can reduce emissions by as much as 35 pounds of carbon dioxide for each 40 miles driven. In the first two rounds of the ZEV Clean Vehicle Program, municipalities purchased 104 clean vehicles, eliminating an estimated 866 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Municipal rebates are helping New York State meet its commitments under the Multi-State ZEV Partnership, which aims to put 3.3 million ZEVs on U.S. roads by 2025.

DEC's rebate complements other efforts by the state to advance the use of electric vehicles. In March 2017, Governor Cuomo launched the Drive Clean Rebate initiative, which provides New York residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of a new electric car from participating dealers. Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the initiative has provided rebates to more than 10,000 consumers.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, "Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York has become a model for how municipalities and state agencies can work together to provide cleaner transportation alternatives for employees and residents while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, lowering operating costs, and protecting the environment. Together, we are creating an electric vehicle ecosystem that will make all of our communities a healthier place to live."

For questions about municipal clean vehicle rebates, email ZEVrebate@dec.ny.gov or contact DEC's Office of Climate Change at 518-402-8448.

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