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CSE Supporting New York State Program Providing Clean Truck and Bus Incentives

 
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CSE has been selected by New York State to assist in its clean transportation programs by administering incentives for a reinstated truck and bus purchase program aimed at removing older, polluting diesel vehicles from the state’s roadways and replacing them with cleaner vehicles. CSE will be the first line of contact for fleet owners and transit agencies interested in the program.

The state is investing $20 million in rebates for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses powered primarily by electricity, but also compressed natural gas and propane. The goal is to help reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and achieve a goal of economywide carbon neutrality by 2050. The Truck Voucher Incentive Program puts cleaner vehicles near to cost parity with diesel counterparts and provides reduced upfront purchase costs, creating a solid business case for fleet owners and operators to make less polluting choices. It is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The rebates reduce the incremental costs of purchasing cleaner trucks and buses by up to 95% based on the difference in cost between the alternative fuel vehicle and a comparable diesel vehicle, with amounts differing by vehicle technology, weight class and location. Fleet purchasers receive the rebate as a discount at the point of sale and additionally must retire a corresponding diesel vehicle with an engine from 2009 or earlier.

CSE’s role will be to supply NYSERDA with secure and transparent incentive support services from customer relations and online voucher application intake to vehicle verification and payment. The clean transportation nonprofit CALSTART will lead stakeholder outreach to fleets and manufacturers for the program and assist with technical support.

CSE also provides consumer electric vehicle incentive program administration for NY’s Drive Clean Rebate for new car purchases and leases as well as for programs in California, Massachusetts and Connecticut, with other state programs currently in planning stages.

The New York program will build on the successes achieved through previous NYSERDA funding that was available from 2014 through 2018 and provided incentives for more than 600 medium- and heavy-duty alternative-fueled trucks, including 65 all-electric trucks and buses.