Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered remarks at the opening of the 2017 New York International Auto Show at the Javits Center in New York City, where nearly 1,000 of the latest cutting-edge cars, trucks and motorcycles were on display. At the event, the Governor reminded New Yorkers of the new $70 million electric car rebate and outreach initiative and encouraged clean and non-polluting electric car use to help reduce carbon emissions across the state. All 30 electric vehicles available for purchase or lease in New York are being showcased at the New York Auto Show.
"As we work to reduce our state's carbon footprint and curb climate change, I encourage New Yorkers to consider electric vehicles and help take us a step closer to achieving our goal of reducing emissions 40 percent by 2030," Governor Cuomo said. "Many of the cars showcased at this year's show support New York's commitment to provide a healthier, safer state for all, and I thank the Greater New York Auto Dealers Association for supporting new technologies that allow this industry to continue to grow, while advancing our efforts to protect our environment for future generations."
In an effort to support a cleaner, greener state, the Drive Clean rebates are available to all New York residents who buy eligible cars through participating new car dealers. The Drive Clean Rebate program will help improve the transportation sector, which is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the New York State, and supports New York's goal to reduce emissions 40 percent by 2030.
The Drive Clean Initiative includes:
Compared to gasoline-powered cars, electric cars are more energy efficient and cost about 50 to 70 percent less to operate per mile. Carbon emission savings from cars receiving rebates under this initiative is expected to be 115,000 metric tons per year, the equivalent of taking 24,000 cars off the road.
Launched in March, the Drive Clean Rebate initiative is the latest action by Governor Cuomo to increase the use of electric cars in New York State. The Governor also announced a new electric vehicle campaign to install charging stations and offers incentives for employers to encourage employees to drive electric vehicles. Last fall, he announced $3 million for rebates through the Environmental Protection Fund for municipalities to purchase or lease zero-emission vehicles, such as battery electric and hydrogen vehicles, for their fleets, and over the summer, Sustainable Hudson Valley kicked off its Drive Electric Hudson Valley campaign to educate consumers about electric vehicles, which was supported by NYSERDA.
The state has also revised regulations to clarify charging station ownership rules, and supported research and demonstration projects on new plug-in electric car technologies and policies. In addition, the New York Power Authority has invited municipalities to tap into a master contract that offers better pricing for the supply, installation and maintenance of charging stations. The Governor also announced previously the availability of another $3 million to help eligible municipalities and rural electricity cooperatives purchase electric vehicles for use in their municipal use fleets.
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