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2016 Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Clean Vehicle (Purchase or Lease)

Rebates to New York Municipalities and Local Governments
for the Purchase or Lease of Clean Vehicles

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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03/31/17 3:00 PM


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Rebates of up to $5,000 per vehicle to New York municipalities and local governments for the purchase or lease of clean vehicles for municipal service. Funding is intended to reduce the state's emissions of greenhouse gasses. The deadline for asking questions is Tuesday, March 28, 2017. These reimbursements are available to local governments that bought or leased, and used, one or more eligible vehicles on or after April 1, 2016. An eligible clean vehicle is propelled at least in part by an electric motor drawing electricity from a battery (including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) with at least four kWh capacity and which can be recharged from an external source of electricity or from a hydrogen fuel cell.

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GrantWatch ID#: 176204

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Rebates of up to $5,000 per vehicle will be issued toward the cost of an eligible clean vehicle, depending on the electric range of the vehicle. No more than 50% (375,000) of the total funding available in this grant funding category will be awarded to any one municipality.

Term of Contract:

The anticipated initial contract length is two years. Applicants applying for clean vehicle rebates must have purchased or leased, and placed into municipal service, one or more eligible clean vehicles on or after April 1, 2016.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are counties, cities, towns, and villages of the State of New York.

An eligible vehicle has four wheels; was manufactured for use primarily on public streets, roads and highways; has a powertrain that has not been modified from the original manufacturer’s specifications; is rated at not more than 8500 pounds gross vehicle weight; and has a maximum speed capability of at least 55 mph.

Clean Vehicle Purchase/Lease CriterionEligibility Criteria:
- Vehicle is an eligible clean vehicle as defined by ECL §54-1521(1)(c).
- Vehicle was purchased or leased on or after April 1, 2016 at a dealer
- located within NYS, and placed into municipal service.
- If leased, the term of the lease is no less than 36 months.

If a proposed project involves a cooperative agreement or partners, only one eligible, designated lead municipal applicant can develop and submit the on-line application for grant funding. The lead applicant must assume the responsibility for the project application, performance of work consistent with this RFA, and the State of New York Master Contract for Grants or Letter of Agreement. Letters substantiating the collaboration from each partner are required, if applicable.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The September 5th Climate-Smart Communities webinar recording and slides are now available on the funding website:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for asking questions is Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

For instructions on how to register for the Grants Gateway visit:

A municipality may not submit more than two Clean Vehicle applications.

Clean vehicle rebate grant amounts will be awarded to municipalities based on the earliest date an eligible application is received in the Grants Gateway (aka first come-first serve basis).

Rebate grants will be awarded until all available funding is exhausted, or until March 31, 2017, at which time no more applications will be accepted under this grant cycle.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To access the online application portal:

For questions contact:
Nancy Welsh

For general information and questions:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation,
Office of Climate Change,
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1030, 518-402-8448

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USA: New York City;   New York