Fleet Operators

Many businesses are discovering that electric vehicles (EVs) meet the operational requirements for their transportation needs while providing numerous benefits. Compared with conventional fleet vehicles, EVs are less expensive to operate, run much quieter, and produce fewer emissions, showcasing the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Support for purchasing electric trucks

Several options are available. NYSERDA’s New York Truck Voucher Incentive ProgramLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. offers purchase vouchers for all-electric trucks and buses. These vouchers provide up to $60,000 for the purchase or lease of all-electric class 3 to class 8 vehicles in any air quality non-attainment zone in New York State. EVs with a gross vehicle weight rating less than 14,000 pounds are eligible for a Federal Plug-in Electric Vehicle Tax CreditLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. up to $7,500 based on their battery capacity. An Alternative Fuel Vehicle Recharging Tax CreditLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. (a New York State income tax credit for 50% of the cost, up to $5,000) is also available for the purchase and installation of commercial charging stations.

Find the medium- and heavy-duty EV models for your business

EV truck models are available from manufacturers ranging from 10,001 to 26,000 gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and cost between $130,000 to $185,000 (before New York State purchase support). Browse the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program’s Vehicle Eligibility ListLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. to see many of the current models of trucks and buses. Standard charging stations for light-duty EVs may not produce high enough power to charge the larger EV batteries in these vehicles within a reasonable time. While larger EVs still use AC Level 2 chargers at 240 volts, charging station models with ratings of 9.6 to 19.2 kilowatts may be necessary. Some manufacturers that offer higher power AC Level 2 charging stations include Clipper Creek, ChargePoint, EVSE LLC, Eaton, and GE.

Companies with EV trucks on the road in New York State

Commercial trucking with EVs is especially promising for inner city freight hubs where air quality is poor. Several large corporations, such as FedEx, Frito-Lay, and Duane Reade, have begun to incorporate EVs into their commercial fleets. In New York State, Frito-Lay first used electric delivery trucks in Brooklyn and Wyandanch, but now has EVs also operating in Albany, Rochester, Buffalo, and New Paltz. Spreading out the 35 electric delivery trucks to six different locations enables Frito-Lay to assign them to ideal routes within the vehicle’s range and not overload the local electrical grid when they are charging overnight. Read the Frito-Lay case study [PDF].

Key aspects for successful adoption of EVs and the supporting charging stations (also known as electric vehicle supply equipment or EVSE) in fleets has been outlined in the Fleet and Freight section of the EVSE Cluster Analysis [PDF] study, which is based on information gathered from successful EV fleet implementations.