July 9, 2024

New York EV Rebates & Charging Incentives

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The state of New York plans to phase out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales by 2035.

In an effort to support electric vehicle (EV) adoption, several programs available at the state and utility levels are making EVs and EV charging more accessible to NY residents and businesses.

New York Electric Vehicle Rebates, Tax Credits, and Incentives

Under the Inflation Reduction Act, some EV models qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500. This credit can be stacked with a NY EV rebate offered via the state in addition to any applicable local municipality or utility incentives.

NY Drive Clean Rebate for Electric Vehicles

If you’re in the market for a battery electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid, you should know that over 60 models currently qualify for a New York state rebate of $500 to $2,000 through the Drive Clean program. The amount of the EV rebate varies based on the vehicle’s MSRP and MPGe performance.

You’ll get the rebate at the time of purchase, but you must buy your EV or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle from a participating dealership and register it in the state of New York in order to receive these savings.

Additionally, in order to qualify for the full amount of the New York State electric vehicle consumer rebate program at $2,000, you’ll have to purchase an EV with a range of 200 miles or more. If the range falls between 40 and 199 miles, you’ll be eligible for up to a $1,000 rebate. For models with a shorter range or an MSRP that exceeds $42,000, the NY electric car rebate is $500.

You can find the qualifying electric car rebate list here.

The NY EV rebate doesn’t cover used vehicles, but it does apply to leases with terms of 36 months or more.

It’s also worth noting the state of New York doesn’t charge an additional registration fee for EVs.

New York EV Charger Rebates & Tax Credits

As the most affordable and convenient way to keep your EV battery full, it’s no surprise that 80% of EV owners primarily charge at home and prefer the ability to charge overnight with Level 2 EV charging.

Unfortunately, homeowners in New York do not currently have access to any residential state or utility programs that provide access to an upfront rebate for installing EV charging at home. However, you can take advantage of a 30% federal tax credit and join one of the time-of-use programs discussed below to save on charging costs.

Public and commercial properties can qualify for EV charging station incentives of up to $4,000 per charging port installed under the Charge Ready 2.0 program.

To qualify for the full $4,000 rebate, the charging station must be installed at a public facility located in a disadvantaged community. If you’re installing a commercial charger at a workplace or a multifamily property, you can receive a rebate of up to $2,000 per charging port and up to $2,500 in disadvantaged communities. For fleet owners, the Charge Ready 2.0 program includes a rebate of up to $1,000 per port.

Investing in EV charging also makes your business eligible for a state tax credit of up to $5,000 per charging station or 50% of the cost of the property.

EV Charger Rebates from NY Utilities

Commercial and public charging projects can qualify for additional incentives through NYS utilities. In fact, all the NYS utilities participate in the EV Make-Ready Program, a plan with provisions for supporting fleet electrification, making installing Level 2 EV chargers and DC Fast chargers more affordable, and prioritizing EV charging in disadvantaged communities.

Under the EV Make-Ready program, you can qualify for a New York State EV charger rebate of up to 100% if you’re deploying DC Fast chargers or Level 2 EV chargers in disadvantaged communities and meet a few requirements for the type of plugs used.

If you’re located outside of a disadvantaged community but the chargers will be publicly available, your New York EV charger rebate will represent up to 90% of the cost.

Other projects—such as workplace EV charging, multifamily EV charging with restricted access, and private pay-to-park lots—can get up to 50% in funding.

All the NYS utilities follow the same requirements for awarding funding. Learn more about the application process on each utility’s website:

EV Charging Rates in New York

Utilities in New York also offer special time-of-use (TOU) and off-peak electricity rates for EV drivers, designed to encourage vehicle charging during select times of the day.

Below is a list of TOU rate plans available from some of New York’s leading utilities:

ConEdison

ConEdison offers two options for saving on at-home EV charging.

The first is to switch from standard billing to the utility’s Time-of-Use program. Rates vary based on demand and production, and you can pay as little as $0.02 per kWh if you charge your EV between midnight and 8 A.M.

The other option is to join ConEdison’s SmartCharge program. You’ll have to install a separate smart meter for your EV. Once you’re enrolled, you can earn and stack a variety of incentives, including $25 after your first three months of smart charging, a $0.10 rebate per off-peak kWh used for EV charging, and a $35 monthly bonus if you don’t charge between 2 P.M. and 6 P.M. on weekdays from June to September. If you successfully avoid charging during all these peak periods, ConEdison will give you another $35.

Central Hudson

Central Hudson offers a TOU program with a slightly higher on-peak energy delivery charge.

The trade-off is an off-peak charge of only $0.09 per kWh, combined with lower admin and supply charges. The utility guarantees that customers can save by switching at least 83% of their energy usage to off-peak hours. If you don’t save money during your first year, Central Hudson will issue a refund for the difference.

You can also install a separate meter for your EV load and only enroll this second meter into the TOU program.

National Grid

National Grid customers can access an innovative TOU program with a tier-based model rather than a per-kWh charge.

You can join Tier 2 and pay $20 for 225 kWh of charging between 11 P.M. and 7 A.M., or join Tier 3 and pay $30 for 365 kWh. Both options translate to paying around $0.08 per kWh.

Note that you will need an EV or EVSE that is compatible with the National Grid app to join this program.

Orange & Rockland

As an Orange & Rockland customer, you can earn a $25 incentive for enrolling into the utility’s SmartCharge program and pay $0.07 per kWh if you charge between midnight and 8 A.M. You’ll earn $35 per month if you avoid charging between 2 P.M. and 6 P.M. from June to September.

Orange & Rockland also offers a TOU program. It includes a lower monthly service charge, and rates are as low as $0.02 if you charge between 9 P.M. and 10 A.M.

NYSEG

NYSEG customers qualify for a one-time $25 incentive if they shift 80% of their energy use to off-peak hours.

The utility offers another EV-charging program that comes with a one-time $150 incentive for installing a compatible smart charger and letting NYSEG manage the amount of electricity your EV receives while charging.

Public EV Charging Stations in New York

The New York Power Authority is installing charging hubs in select urban locations and along highways with its EVolve NY program, including a major hub near JFK airport.

At the city level, NYC DOT is actively developing curbside Level 2 charging and building Fast charging hubs with its PlugNYC program.

How Many Public EV Charging Stations Are in New York?

New York has more than 6,500 public charging ports and 1,900 public charging stations including over 5,700 Level 2 and 758 Level 3/DC Fast stations.

There are currently 91 Tesla Supercharger stations and 854 Tesla Supercharger ports in New York.

These numbers are rapidly increasing as the state of New York develops its EV charging infrastructure.

How Much Do Public EV Charging Stations Cost in New York?

Public EV charging rates vary from one network to another. For instance:

  • Charging at a Fast DC charger from the EVolve NY program costs $0.45 per kWh plus tax.
  • If you use one of the curbside Level 2 chargers installed in NYC as part of the PlugNYC program, you’ll pay $2.50 per hour from 6 A.M. to 9 P.M. and $1 per hour overnight.

Are There Free Public Electric Car Charging Stations in New York?

Public facilities such as state parks, municipal libraries, and other entities throughout New York offer free EV charging as an amenity.

The Thruway Authority is developing one of the largest free EV charging networks, with nine commuter Park and Ride lots providing New Yorkers with free Level 2 EV charging along the Thruway.

Where Are Public Charging Stations Located for Electric Cars in New York?

The state of New York has designated 18 Alternative Fuel Corridors and is actively deploying public EV charging stations at regular intervals along these major transportation axes.

These corridors include the I-95 interchange to JFK airport, the New Jersey border to I-95 interchange, interchange I-81 to interchange I-90, and I-278 interchange to Montauk, just to cite a few examples.

You’ll also find a high concentration of EV charging options in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Albany, and Rochester.

If you’re in NYC, curbside charging is available at multiple locations thanks to the PlugNYC program. You’ll find chargers on Bedford Park Boulevard and Broadway in the Bronx and Meeker Avenue, 3rd Avenue, and 43rd Street in Brooklyn.

Curbside chargers are available for Queens residents on 38th Street and Queens Boulevard, among other locations. Other options include Mason Avenue in Staten Island or East 67th Street and Fort Washington Avenue in Manhattan.

New York Home Electrification Incentives

As a New York resident, you can take advantage of additional incentives for electrifying your home beyond EV charging.

In June 2024, New York became the first state to offer home energy rebates funded through the Inflation Reduction Act, making $159.3 million for home efficiency rebates and $158.4 million for home electrification available for things such as appliance rebates, insulation and air sealing, heat pumps for space and water heating, and the electrical upgrades necessary to enable those retrofits.

Combining EV ownership with other electrification projects, such as upgrading your home with solar panels, battery storage, or updating your HVAC system to a heat pump, will help you save even more while reducing your environmental impact.

#1 Most Trusted EV Charging Installer in New York – Qmerit

New York state is incentivizing EV adoption with rebates and tax credits on electric car purchases and EV charger installations.

Now is an ideal time to consider an EV purchase in New York. There are more models than ever to choose from, and utilities are making charging at home a no-brainer with low rates and special time-of-use offers. Finding a qualified electrician who won’t cut corners can be hard, but Qmerit can help.

As the largest network of certified EV charger installers in North America, Qmerit is the most trusted EV charger installation partner recommended by automakers, EV charger manufacturers, utilities, businesses, and homeowners alike.

But don’t just take our word for it. Rated #1 in customer satisfaction, Qmerit’s experienced network of certified electricians has installed more than 450,000 EV charging stations in homes and businesses across the U.S. and Canada!

Contact us today to learn more about EV adoption and at-home charging in New York, or complete our online EV assessment to receive a custom quote for more information.

Author: Tom Bowen

Tom Bowen

President, Qmerit Solutions and Commercial Electrification