Alternative Fuel Bus and Infrastructure Funding
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) administers the Clean Fueled Bus Program, which provides funds to state and local transit agencies, municipalities, and schools for up to 100% of the incremental cost of purchasing new alternative fuel buses and associated infrastructure. For the purposes of this program, an alternative fuel bus is any motor vehicle with a seating capacity of at least 15 passengers used to transport passengers on public highways that is powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) (including dual-fuel technology that is factory built and certified or a new diesel engine with a minimum of 75% use of CNG during typical operation), propane, methanol, hydrogen, biodiesel, or ethanol, or uses electricity as a primary fuel source (e.g., hybrid electric). Eligible infrastructure projects include fueling equipment installations including, but not limited to, electric vehicle battery charging stations and natural gas fueling stations and depots. A qualified infrastructure project must be necessary to introduce or expand an alternative fuel bus fleet and the funding only covers the cost for items directly associated with making the facility capable of dispensing the fuel. For more information, see the NYSERDA Transportation Programs website.