Frequently Asked Questions

General

Why does this program exist?

The New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP) is a rebate program aimed to accelerate the deployment of all-electric and alternative fuel vehicles (EVs and AFVs, respectively) in medium and heavy-duty truck and bus fleets throughout New York State.

By increasing the use of cleaner vehicle technologies, the program reduces harmful vehicle emissions, including greenhouse gases, and lessens the transportation sector’s dependence on petroleum in New York.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) developed NYTVIP to reduce the costs of medium- and heavy-duty EVs and AFVs to help fleets, leased vehicle operators and vehicle owner-operators switch to vehicles that are better for the environment and often more cost effective.

What is a voucher incentive?

Voucher incentives facilitate fleet purchases of new EV or AFV trucks and buses by reducing the upfront prices of these vehicles. By bringing prices closer to parity, vouchers make it more affordable for fleets to switch to cleaner technologies that often cost less to operate than a diesel vehicle.

A vehicle purchaser or lease operator (Vehicle Purchaser) agrees to purchase an eligible vehicle from a vendor/dealer (Contractor) qualified to sell that vehicle through the Program, and the Contractor deducts the value of the voucher from the total sale price. Once the Vehicle Purchaser has taken delivery of the new truck or bus, has registered and fully paid for it (excluding the voucher amount), and has scrapped (i.e., verifiably destroyed the original engine and vehicle) a corresponding old diesel vehicle, and after the Contractor has supplied all required documentation to verify all steps of the process, NYSERDA reimburses the Contractor for the full voucher amount.

Where does funding from this program come from?

The two sources of funding are New York State’s allocations from the Federal Highways Administration’s (FHWA) Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program (CMAQ) and the 2016 Volkswagen settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These two funding sources can be used independently or conjointly depending on several vehicle- and/or project-specific factors (e.g., vehicle weight, domicile location).

What classes of vehicles are currently included in this program?

NYTVIP currently includes funding for class 3-8 vehicles (>10,000 lbs).

Who is responsible for submitting the Voucher Application?

When a Vehicle Purchaser is ready to purchase an eligible vehicle from an approved Contractor, the Contractor submits a Voucher Application to reserve a voucher for that specific vehicle purchase.

Is there a maximum number of vehicles that each fleet or operator can purchase through NYTVIP?

A single fleet can utilize no more than 25% of Program funding.

Are repowers included in this program?

Repowered vehicles may be eligible for NYTVIP funding if they use BEV technology and are domiciled in one of the 30 NYS counties in non-attainment or maintenance. Repowered vehicles must be certified with an operational lifespan of at least 10 years.

Manufacturers

Which vehicle types are eligible for funding through NYTVIP?

A vehicle must be a class 3-8 all-electric vehicle, a class 4-8 plug-in hybrid electric or conventional (non-plug-in) hybrid vehicle, or a class 4-8 vehicle running solely on compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane (liquefied petroleum gas or LPG). Personal passenger vehicles are not eligible for Program funding. The vehicle and chassis must be new, except in the case of repowers. Used vehicles are not eligible.

The vehicle drive train, including applicable battery pack, must be covered by a manufacturer warranty. Prior to approving a vehicle model to the list of eligible vehicles posted on the Program Website, NYSERDA may request that the manufacturer provide copies of representative vehicle and/or battery warranties and a description of the manufacturer’s plans to provide warranty and routine vehicle service.

What is the process of approving vehicles for eligibility in the program?

See For Vehicle Manufacturers for information on vehicle eligibility.

Contractors

Who can be a Contractor?

A Contractor may be any of the following types of entities:

  • A truck or bus dealership that has a written agreement with a medium and/or heavy-duty vehicle OEM, a valid business license for the past two years, an official dealer number and sells complete vehicles to fleets or vehicle owner-operators;
  • An OEM that sells or leases complete vehicles directly to fleets or vehicle owner-operators;
  • A truck or bus upfit/retrofit manufacturer that has a written agreement with a medium or heavy-duty EV or AFV OEM, and upfits or performs final utility equipment installations on those vehicles and sells the completed vehicle to a fleet or vehicle owner-operator; or
  • The entity that sells the fully assembled and completed vehicle.

How do I apply to become an eligible Contractor in the Program?

See For Dealers: Contractor Eligibility for the steps to become an eligible Contractor.

How do I apply for and redeem a voucher?

See For Dealers: Voucher Application / Redemption for the steps to submit and redeem Voucher Applications.

Fleets

What fleets are eligible?

An eligible fleet is a commercial fleet, non-profit agency, or public fleet entity (excluding the federal government) that operates eligible vehicles that are domiciled in New York State.

Do I have to remove a vehicle from my fleet to purchase vehicles through this program?

To guarantee that voucher-supported vehicle projects result in material and verifiable emissions reductions and local air quality improvements, NYTVIP requires that voucher-supported vehicle purchases be accompanied by a corresponding scrappage of a vehicle with a diesel engine from 2009 or earlier. Transit agencies that purchase BEV transit buses may choose not to scrap a bus, in which case they may only be eligible to receive a lower incentive amount.

Are leased vehicles included in this program?

Eligible vehicles purchased by a leasing or rental company and leased to an eligible fleet are allowable under the Program as long as the term of the vehicle lease is at least five years from the date of Voucher Approval. More details on leasing under NYTVIP can be found in the Implementation ManualLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Can I purchase an eligible vehicle from a Contractor of my choosing?

The Contractor you purchase the vehicle(s) through must first be approved by NYSERDA before it is able to participate in the program as an eligible Contractor.

Can I purchase a used vehicle through NYTVIP?

The program currently does not support the procurement of used vehicles.

Can I make modifications to the vehicle after purchase?

Retrofits, hardware or software modifications that can significantly impact the vehicle’s emissions characteristics are not permitted for five years from the date the vehicle enters into service. This provision does not apply to the installation of fuel-fired heaters, which are permitted in voucher-eligible BEV models.

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Which party is responsible for submitting the reporting requirements?

Per the Terms and Conditions, reporting is required for five years and will be submitted by the Vehicle Purchaser which will be contacted on a semi-annual basis as a reminder.  Reporting will be submitted through an online portal.

Failure to meet the reporting requirements may result in NYSERDA reclaiming voucher funds and/or barring Fleets from applying for additional funding.

Are there plans to include fuel cell vehicles in NYTVIP?

At this time, fuel cell electric vehicles are not eligible under Program funding.

Are gasoline or compressed natural gas engines eligible for scrappage?

Only vehicles with diesel engines model year 2009 and older are eligible for scrappage.

How does the Program scrappage requirement apply to repower conversions?

The program allows diesel to full all-electric repowers in certain counties. To satisfy the scrappage requirement, only the diesel engine would need a 3-inch hole cut into the engine block.  Cutting the chassis is not required in this instance.

Can I use NYTVIP vouchers in combination with other funding?

The ability to combine NYTVIP vouchers with additional funding is determined by the NYTVIP funding source. CMAQ cannot be used with other federal funding. VW Settlement funding does not include restrictions on other funding sources to pay for a vehicle project. Typically, these funding sources will be seamless to the Contractor or fleet and is at the sole discretion of NYSERDA.

When submitting a voucher application, indicate whether you plan to combine NYTVIP funding with other funding sources.

Is there funding for charging infrastructure though NYTVIP?

Currently there are no associated funding sources for commercial vehicle charging. 

Is there a list of all combined sources for contractors to share with customer?

Download the NYTVIP Implementation ManualLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. detailing Program funding amounts.

A brief guide detailing all the required documentation needed from fleets to apply for vouchers is available for download here.

Are Class 8 BEV yard tractors eligible for NYTVIP?

Yes, the new yard tractor must be registered in New York State and equipped for on-road activity. Scrappage vehicles that operate exclusively off-road may be eligible to be part of the project but only in certain counties under the Program.  

Are taxes included in the voucher amount?

A vehicle’s pre-tax price is used to determine the incremental cost and the voucher amount. A vehicle purchaser is required to pay any taxes based on the full vehicle amount, not the amount after the voucher has been applied.

To satisfy the Buy America requirement, would a chassis or other unfinished vehicle manufactured outside the United States, with a body or other final vehicle assembled finished at the final U.S. destination, be eligible for NYTVIP?

If the vehicle’s final assembly is completed somewhere in the United States, the vehicle will be eligible for NYTVIP. As an example of an eligible vehicle, a Canadian manufacturer that produces an all-electric truck chassis may deliver the chassis to a U.S. facility, where it would be upfitted into a refuse truck or other eligible final vehicle.

How does a contractor receive a Buy America waiver?

The Contractors do not need to obtain a waiver. The waiver is issued to the Program by the Federal Highway Administration. The waiver is available program-wide. Manufacturers and Contractors need only meet the terms that the Buy America waiver requires. Compliance with the Program’s Buy America waiver will be determined through questions on the Vehicle Eligibility Application formLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., notably where the final assembly of the vehicle will take place and what the process of final assembly will be.

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Are vouchers reserved immediately once applications are submitted?

Funding is approved and set aside once a voucher application is approved by NYSERDA, not on submission. Vouchers are valid for one year with the option to apply for a six-month extension. The Vehicle Purchaser has a maximum of 18 months to purchase, take delivery, complete existing vehicle scrappage, and register the new vehicle.

  • If vouchers are not redeemed within one year, or 18 months with an approved extension, the funding will be returned to the Program and Contractors must reapply for the originally approved voucher funds.