Electric Vehicles

Transportation is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York State, so it is imperative that we electrify all vehicles rapidly and equitably. New Yorkers for Clean Power is committed to helping New York State achieve its commitment from the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA, Climate Act) to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40% percent by 2030 and more than 85% percent by 2050, plus putting 850,000 ZEVs on the road by the end of 2025. According to the Integration Analysis for the Climate Action Council’s Draft Scoping Plan, New York needs to replace 3 million gas vehicles with EVs by 2030 in order to meet our climate goals mandated by the CLCPA.
We advance this work by:

  • Advocating for legislation in support of scaling up Electric Vehicle adoption. As part of this, we must expand direct DV sales locations, which are currently limited to just five stores across all of New York. The EV Direct Sales Bill would let car makers sell electric cars directly to customers and would remove the limit on direct sales locations for EVs across the state. Sign here to support the EV Direct Sales Bill!
  • Encouraging New Yorkers to vote in support of the $4.2 billion Environmental Bond Act, which includes $500 million for electric school buses in districts across the state.
  • Working with the ElectrifyNY coalition, a statewide coalition of advocates for environmental justice, public transportation, social justice, and good jobs fighting for a clean, equitable electric transportation future for New York. Our work aims to improve the environment and public health outcomes for the communities most affected by the negative impacts of the transportation sector’s dependency on fossil fuels.

NYCP and Friends at a National Drive Electric Week Event in Syracuse

  • Connecting municipal officials and businesses with resources and funding opportunities to install new charging stations through outreach and organizing workshops and webinars. Installing charging stations is not only good for the environment, it’s also good for business! Check out the new rebates for Zero-emission Vehicles (ZEV) and grants for ZEV Infrastructure available to municipalities in New York State and NYS’s ChargeNY Program for charging infrastructure rebates!
  • Building a buzz for EVs. Featuring EV drivers and towns and businesses that have installed charging stations in local press and on social media is a great way to spread the word about the benefits of EVs!
  • Organizing promotional events, including the annual National Drive Electric Week, running this year from September 23 – October 2nd, 2022.

Resources for EVs and EV Charging Infrastructure

Ribbon Cutting for the Installation of an EV charger at the Marbletown Community Center

Resources for Buying EVs

  • NYSERDA’s Drive Clean Rebate: A rebate of up to $2,000 rebate for new electric vehicle purchases or leases. Available to all NYS residents, including local governments.
  • NYS Alternative Fuels Tax Credit: A tax credit for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installations equal to the lesser of $5,000 or 50% of the cost of the property.
  • NY Truck Voucher Incentive Program: A voucher intended to reduce the costs of purchasing or retrofitting cleaner medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Applications are currently open for Class 4-8 trucks, transit buses, school buses, and non-road port cargo handling equipment that are accompanied by the scrappage of qualifying pre-2009 vehicles.
  • DEC Municipal EV Grants: Grants municipalities looking to receive funding for electrifying their fleets and installing ZEV infrastructure.
  • Federal Tax Credit for buying an electric plug-in vehicle: A pre-Inflation Reduction Act credit of up to $7,500 for EVs purchased prior to August 17, 2022.

Resources for Charging Infrastructure

  • Find a Charging Station Near You: PlugShare is a community-based tool that guides users to available charging locations around the world. The PlugShare app is completely free to use and provides in-the-moment updates about the charging locations near you so that you to make an informed decision on where to charge.
  • Destination Electric: A program that shows you businesses that are located near public charging stations.
  • EV Make Ready Program: A program with make-ready incentives available through your utility to help install EV charging. You may be eligible for up to 100% of the electric infrastructure costs associated with new non-residential EV charging stations.
  • NYS’s ChargeNY Program: A state-wise program including rebates, incentives, tax credits, charging stations, infrastructure installation options, and more. NYSERDA provides rebates of $4,000 per charging port for Level 2 charging stations installed at public, workplace, and multi-unit dwelling parking lots.
  • NYSERDA Charge Ready NY: Rebates of $4,000 per charging port or more if built in a disadvantaged community.
  • NYPA EVolve NY: A program adding chargers in key places along major highways and at the airports, investing up to $250 million through 2025 to improve the infrastructure and raise awareness of the benefits of driving electric.

Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)

Several changes to EV tax credits, infrastructure tax credits, and other EV policies were made by the 2022 IRA. This law also introduced a tax credit for used electric vehicles.

Health Benefits of Transitioning to EVs

Harvard School of Public Health: Decreased vehicle emissions linked with significant drop in deaths attributable to air pollution

Union of Concerned Scientists: Air Pollution from Cars, Trucks, and Buses in the US: Everyone is Exposed, But the Burdens are not Equally Shared

American Lung Association: Electric Vehicles 101: Understanding Health and Climate Benefits

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