NEW YORK, (Xinhua) — New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced a 19-million-dollar incentive program to encourage the purchase of battery-electric commercial trucks as well as other energy-efficient vehicles.
Under the program, 9 million dollars for battery-electric truck vouchers will be offered in 30 counties around the state that did not meet federal clean air standards.
The rest 10 million dollars alternative fuels voucher fund for New York City will include compressed natural gas, hybrid-electric vehicles and retrofitting diesel engines with emission control devices.
“The Truck Voucher Incentive Program is another important step that New York State is taking to meet clean air standards,” said Cuomo.
“By focusing on advanced transportation technologies, including electronic and hybrid vehicles, we can provide cleaner communities in which to live and work,” he said.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority ( NYSERDA) is administering the program, and vehicle manufacturers, dealers and retrofit providers which will receive the vouchers are expected to pass on the full incentive in a lower price to buyers.
NYSERDA estimates that this program could encourage the purchase or retrofit of up to 1,000 low-emission trucks in areas of the state with the poorest air quality.
The transportation sector is responsible for three-fourths of petroleum consumption in the United States and 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in New York.