Support is available to help New York residents buy electric vehicles (EVs); business owners and municipalities install charging stations; and technology developers conduct research and development work focusing on EVs. NYSERDA administers some of these programs.
New York State Alternative Fuel Vehicle Recharging Tax Credit: As of 2013, New York State provides an income tax credit for 50% of the cost, up to $5,000, for the purchase and installation of alternative fuel vehicle refueling and electric vehicle recharging stations. The credit is available through December 31, 2017, and is targeted at commercial and workplace charging stations.
Cleaner, Greener Communities: This NYSERDA-administered program empowers New York State's regions to create more sustainable communities by funding smart growth practices. One part of the program [PDF] makes available up to $5,000 for adopting streamlined permitting and other ordinances for EVs and electric vehicle charging stations to entities having jurisdiction for permitting, land use planning, and zoning.
Heavy-Duty Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Purchase Vouchers: The New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program provide up to $60,000 for the purchase or lease of all-electric class 3 to class 8 trucks in any air quality non-attainment zone in New York State and up to $40,000 for class 3 to 8 electric and hybrid electric trucks operating in New York City.
Federal EV Tax Credit: EVs purchased in or after 2010 may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. The credit amount will vary based on the capacity of the battery used to fuel the vehicle.
HOV Lane Exemption and Toll Discounts: Through the Clean Pass Program, eligible hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and EVs may use the Long Island Expressway High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. The Port Authority Green Pass Discount Plan offers a $6.25 off-peak toll rate to vehicles in the Clean Pass Program. The New York State Thruway’s Green Pass Discount Plan also offers a 10% discount on the E-ZPass rates to vehicles in the Clean Pass Program.
Low EV Electric Rates: Time-of-use (TOU) rates provide electricity customers an opportunity to save money on their electric bill. In a TOU rate structure, electricity is more expensive during on-peak hours (usually morning and late afternoon), but less expensive during off-peak (late night and early morning) when the majority of EV charging takes place. Two utilities, ConEdison and National Grid, offer TOU rates.