New York Clean Transportation Prizes
The New York Clean Transportation Prizes program will electrify transportation, reduce air pollution, and enhance clean mobility in disadvantaged communities in New York State. The competitions will each run in two phases. Proposals for Phase One were due in August 2021, and the Phase One awardees were announced in January 2022. Phase Two proposals are due in June 2022. For more information on the winners of Phase One, go to Clean Transportation Prizes.
The three prize competitions are:
- Clean Neighborhoods Challenge – up to three $10 million grand prizes will be awarded to innovative projects that address local air pollution reduction at scale in disadvantaged communities.
- Electric Mobility Challenge – up to three $7 million grand prizes will be awarded to projects that demonstrate innovative safe and convenient electric mobility options that help solve disadvantaged community transportation needs.
- Electric Truck & Bus Challenge – up to three $8 million grand prizes will be awarded to projects that demonstrate electrified solutions to the deployment of medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles or their replacement through other electrified transportation modes.
The Long Island Power Authority will also fund up to one grand prize of up to $10 million for a project located within its service territory.
An independent pool of global experts will continue to support the State with the selection of the grand prize awardees, which are expected to be announced in late summer 2022. The Phase One awardees will each receive the following award package to fine-tune their proposals and prepare for a pitch competition to be held in summer 2022:
- A $100,000 planning grant
- Up to $50,000 in funding for community partners
- Up to $50,000 in-kind support from NYSERDA provided expert consultants
- Additional support services for project management, community engagement, and measurement and verification
The New York Clean Transportation Prizes program is administered by NYSERDA in partnership with the New York State Department of Public Service and the Department of Environmental Conservation, as part of an $85 million allocation through New York’s Make Ready program to accelerate the transition to a clean transportation future. The Make Ready program is funded by investor-owned utilities in New York State to boost access to charging stations, EV infrastructure, and other clean transportation options, and support equitable access and benefits for lower-socio-economic and disadvantaged communities. This program supports New York's nation-leading clean energy and climate goals in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.