New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a collection of initiatives to extend the variety of electrical buses within the state. The plans embody $16.4 million in incentives for transit buses, and $2.5 million for college buses.
Underneath the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP), $16.4 million from the Volkswagen diesel settlement might be made accessible to 5 of the most important public transit operators within the state: the Capital District Transportation Authority, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Rochester-Genesee Regional Transit Authority, Suffolk County Transportation and Westchester County Bee-Line Bus System. Mixed, these transit operators function over 1,300 transit buses. The NYTVIP program will cowl 100% of the price of new all-electric transit buses that serve deprived communities.
The New York State Power Analysis and Growth Authority (NYSERDA) and New York Energy Authority (NYPA) may also present $1 million in funding to assist the 5 operators develop electrification plans. NYSERDA and NYPA will work with a contractor to review probably the most cost-effective strategy to transition to electrical fleets and set up the wanted charging stations.
The state has issued a Request for Data (RFI) searching for particulars from producers and sellers about electrical and hybrid transit buses at present accessible within the market. Responses to the RFI, that are due by January 21, might be used to develop a solicitation for electrical and hybrid buses with the objective of offering transit authorities with choices for buying inexperienced automobiles for his or her fleets.
A separate pot of $2.5 million is now accessible statewide by way of the NYTVIP to high school bus operators. Funding will assist cowl as much as 100% of prices for all-electric faculty buses working close to deprived communities.
“Electrifying transit and college buses at scale is a crucial step in our combat towards local weather change and is crucial in serving to us attain our bold targets to create a greener New York State,” Governor Cuomo stated. “By means of these initiatives, bus operators will now have the assist and sources they should modernize their fleets, cut back emissions and guarantee underserved communities have cleaner public transit choices as we work to additional cut back our carbon footprint.”