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Plug-in electric vehicle sales in New York State have surged 74% (year-on-year comparison) since the launch of the Drive Clean Rebate program there, a statement from the governor's office has revealed.

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New York’s Electric Car Sales Have Surged 74% Since Launch Of Rebate Program

Plug-in electric vehicle sales in New York State have surged 74% (year-on-year comparison) since the launch of the Drive Clean Rebate program there, a statement from the governor’s office has revealed.

Plug-in electric vehicle sales in New York State have surged 74% (year-on-year comparison) since the launch of the Drive Clean Rebate program there, a statement from the governor’s office has revealed.

Considering that the program only launched a couple of months ago — on March 21, 2017 — the rate at which people have begun to use the program, and thus the rate at which plug-in electric vehicle sales have increased, is pretty impressive.

That’s not too surprising, though, as the program offers up to $2,000 in rebates for the purchase of new plug-in electric vehicles from participating dealerships.

“The Drive Clean Rebate helps more and more New Yorkers join our fight against climate change by purchasing clean vehicles and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” a statement from Governor Cuomo read. “As more affordable and accessible electric vehicles hit the markets, I encourage more New Yorkers to join our nation-leading efforts to build a cleaner, greener and more sustainable New York for all.”

Here’s an overview of the sales bump provided by the new rebate program:

Time Period

2016

2017

Percent Change

Jan – March

1,133

1,635

44%

April – June

1,476

2,574

74%

Total EVs sold

2,609

4,209

61%

And here’s a breakdown of rebate applications by region:

Long Island

779

33%

Mid-Hudson

404

17.3%

Capital District

276

12%

Finger Lakes

251

11%

New York City

197

8.4%

Western NY

167

7.1%

Central NY

87

3.7%

Southern Tier

74

3.2%

Mohawk Valley

60

2.5%

North Country

37

1.5%

Altogether, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has now approved more than 2,300 rebate applications since the launch of the program a bit over 5 months ago. This relates to over $3 million in rebate funds that have been paid out.

Interestingly, the top car models for rebates have been: the Toyota Prius Prime (40%); the Chevrolet Bolt EV (12%); Chevrolet Volt (10%); and the Ford Fusion Energi (10%). It should be noted here that the full $2,000 rebate doesn’t apply to most plug-in hybrids.


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