San Diego Clean Energy Nonprofit Expands Electric Vehicle Rebates to 4th State

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New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul announces the electric vehicle rebate program. Courtesy of the governor’s office

The San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy has expanded its electric vehicle rebate management to a fourth state with the addition of New York’s Charge NY Drive Clean Rebate initiative.

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo officially launched the program last week, providing rebates that will help address the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals through greater use of zero-emission vehicles. The initiative provides $55 million for rebates up to $2,000 for purchase of a new plug-in hybrid electric car, all-electric car or hydrogen fuel-cell car.

An additional $15 million will support improving consumer awareness of electric vehicles and their benefits, installing more charging stations and other efforts to put more clean vehicles on New York’s roadways.

“We are honored to play a role in this important clean transportation effort in New York,” said Len Hering, CSE’s executive director and a retired rear admiral. “The EV programs we administer have helped nearly 200,000 drivers transition to clean vehicles in three states, providing improved air quality in local communities, generating savings for consumers and changing the way people envision automobile fueling.”

New York already has more than 16,000 electric vehicles on the road. The state is working to install charging infrastructure to accommodate more than 30,000 plug-in electric vehicles by 2018 and 1 million by 2025.

CSE also manages statewide electric vehicle incentive programs in California, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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