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$70m electric car rebate, Wi-Fi & USB buses coming to New York

Staff Writer | March 21, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched a $70 million electric car rebate and outreach initiative to encourage the growth of clean and non-polluting electric car use in New York.
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Empire State   The Drive Clean rebates
The Drive Clean rebates are now available to all New York residents who buy eligible cars through participating new car dealers.

$55 million of the Drive Clean Initiative is dedicated to rebates of up to $2,000 for purchase of a new plug-in hybrid electric car, all-electric car or hydrogen fuel cell car.

In addition to the $55 million in rebates, $15 million will support improving consumer awareness of electric cars and their many benefits, installing more charging stations across the state, developing and demonstrating new electric car-enabling technologies, and other efforts to put more electric cars on New York’s roadways.

The initiative will be managed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and will help the state achieve its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

More than 30 different types of electric cars are available under the Drive Clean Rebate initiative.

The first of 83 new buses equipped with Wi-Fi service and USB ports have arrived in the Bronx.

The Governor also unveiled a new design for the MTA’s Select Bus Service buses, which will also be equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity and USB ports. The first of a total of 43 new SBS buses have arrived in Queens and Bronx.

The new arrivals are part of the Governor’s initiative to revitalize the MTA’s bus operations, with over 2,042 state-of-the-art new buses joining its transportation fleet over the course of five years.

The new buses will replace nearly 40 percent of the MTA’s current fleet and represent a $1.3 billion investment of Capital Program resources.

The first 75 buses included in the plan went into service in Queens during 2016.