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Clean Transportation Program

In New York State, transportation accounts for more than three-quarters of the petroleum used and nearly 40% of greenhouse gases generated. Innovative ideas are needed to provide more secure, sustainable, and cleaner transportation options for the State’s communities.

These ideas to enhance energy efficiency, use cleaner fuels, improve mobility and reliability, and reduce congestion could take many forms. In general, less idling or slowing down means less fuel emissions. The Clean Transportation Program helps innovators translate these ideas into market-ready cleaner transportation products, services, and strategies for New Yorkers.

Focus Areas

Businesses, local governments, public agencies, universities, and entrepreneurs can work with NYSERDA to:

  • Develop new technologies
  • Demonstrate underused technologies that have worked in other parts of the world
  • Deploy new technologies by eliminating market barriers

More specifically, NYSERDA shares upfront risk and helps break down the barriers related to developing a new concept or providing proof-of-concept testing in the following areas:

  • Public transit systems—New technologies and proactive planning can make public transit systems (including subways, trains, buses, and ferries) cleaner, more efficient, safer, and easier to use.
  • Smart mobility—Communications technologies, for example, can create “connected cities” that reduce congestion and idling. The technologies can, among other things, help drivers adjust their routes for current traffic, allow traffic lights to improve traffic flow by adapting to current conditions, and make it easier to find open parking spaces through advanced parking meters.
  • Transportation demand management strategies—Reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips and traffic congestion are examples of benefits from carpooling, car sharing, bike friendly paths or safe walking areas, or alternative work schedules timed to avoid traffic congestion.
  • Electric vehicles and other alternative fuel vehicles—From the smallest cars to heavy freight-hauling truck fleets, transportation electrification is accelerating in New York State through the ChargeNY program. Support includes providing information to potential buyers of vehicles that run on electricity, natural gas, biofuels, propane, and hydrogen and facilitating stations for charging or fueling.

Opportunities

NYSERDA helps innovators get into the market by supporting partnerships and projects. Assistance includes helping private and public partners understand the market and how to address hurdles to adopting clean transportation. Urban electric delivery trucks are just one example. They use 30% less energy and emit 40% less greenhouse gases than diesel trucks. NYSERDA helps fleets convert to these vehicles.

Competitive solicitations are issued periodically throughout the year. Visit the Funding Opportunities page for more information on current solicitations.

To learn more about getting involved with these focus areas, visit the Electric Vehicles and related transportation innovation pages.