New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that, under Charge Ready NY 2.0 and the Drive Clean Rebate Program, $29 million will be allocated to establish an electric vehicle charging infrastructure and a consumer rebate program. These initiatives directly support the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050 and New York’s requirement that all new consumer vehicles sold in the state must be zero emission by 2035.
“Supporting an electric vehicle infrastructure is an important step in making electric vehicles accessible to New York residents,” said Assemblymember William Magnarell. “New York is committed to investing in cleaner, more environmentally friendly transportation methods.”
Charge Ready NY 2.0 will receive $12 million to install Level 2 charging stations at workplaces, multifamily buildings, and in disadvantaged communities. The program will also receive $3 million to install charging stations specifically for workplaces and multifamily buildings that hold educational “ride and drive” community events, purchase electric fleet vehicles, or offer free charging.
The Drive Clean Rebate Program will receive $14 million to support consumers seeking cleaner driving options by reducing upfront purchase or lease costs on more than 60 EV models at participating car dealerships.
“Electric vehicle adoption is rapidly accelerating in New York, and deploying a charging infrastructure to match demand is essential,” said Doreen M. Harris, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) President and CEO. “The additional support will not only make convenient charging more accessible, but also help lower the cost of purchasing a new vehicle –providing complementary opportunities for more New Yorkers to join the EV revolution.”
Charge Ready NY 2.0 and the Drive Clean Rebate are both administered by the NYSERDA and funded through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the State’s $6 billion Clean Energy Fund.