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Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program

NYSERDA provides financial assistance and technical information to encourage fleets to purchase alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs) and install fueling facilities or charging stations. Vehicles powered by natural gas, propane, and electricity, including certain hybrid-electric vehicles, are eligible under many of the programs NYSERDA offers. Incentives are available to encourage the use of bio-fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. NYSERDA also has programs to encourage the use of emission reduction technologies and anti-idling technologies for diesel vehicles.

Transportation accounts for 67% of the oil consumed in the United States, with this number projected to reach 72% by 2020. Petroleum's inherently finite and frequently unstable nature makes this reliance a threat to our energy security, bringing with it far-reaching economic and political implications. In cities or other areas of heavy traffic, localized vehicular air pollution can increase health problems including cancer, heart disease, asthma, and emphysema.

To address these issues, NYSERDA's AFV program uses federal and state funding for the implementation of AFV projects and their associated infrastructure within New York State. The use of domestically-produced alternative fuels such as natural gas, propane, electricity and bio-fuels can curb harmful emissions and help reduce our dependence on imported petroleum. Past projects have introduced hundreds of light, medium and heavy duty AFVs and hybrid electric vehicles to public and private fleets that will collectively displace millions of gallons of petroleum 

Alternative Fuel Stations

Locate filling stations for Alternative FuelsLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., including compressed natural gas (CNG), E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline), propane/liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), biodiesel, electricity, hydrogen, and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

AFV Programs and Projects

NYSERDA focuses on emission reductions, petroleum displacement, training and new AFV technology deployment. Project participants include state, municipal, school and private fleets all across the state. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis through a Program Opportunity Notice (PON). Check the funding opportunities page for the current status of these programs including available funds and deadlines for proposals.

Hybrid-electric delivery truck purchased with incentives from NYSERDA
Hybrid-electric delivery truck purchased with incentives from NYSERDA

Learn more about the Transportation Program.

Last Updated: 05/23/2013