U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
EERE Financial Opportunities
New York State Aims to Convert its Hybrid Fleet to Plug-Ins
August 16, 2006
A new $10 million effort in New York State is geared toward converting
the state's hybrid fleet—consisting mostly of Toyota Priuses and
Ford Hybrid Escapes—into plug-in hybrids. The New York State Energy
Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) released a solicitation on
August 14th that calls for multiple awards of up to $100,000 for the
development of plug-in hybrid vehicle prototypes, which will then be
subject to three months of testing. Builders of successful prototype
vehicles may then apply for a second round of funding to convert the
state's fleet of hybrids into plug-in hybrids. NYSERDA estimates that
the state owns between 500 and 600 hybrid cars and light trucks, and
the winning bidders will need to present a viable plan to manufacture
all—or a significant portion of—the plug-in conversion systems
in New York State, or otherwise generate significant economic activity
in the state. Proposals are due on September 18th. See NYSERDA's Program Opportunity Notice 1088.
NYSERDA is also offering another $5 million to support the development
and manufacturing of advanced vehicle components in New York State.
This program will provide funding for new product development and for
the siting or expansion of manufacturing facilities to produce
innovative on-road vehicle components or systems, with the goal of
providing energy, environmental, and economic benefits in the state.
NYSERDA is particularly interested in engine and drivetrain efficiency
improvements; energy management and storage systems; emissions
reductions or after-treatment systems; thermal management systems;
auxiliary power systems; and intelligent vehicle technologies, and is
also interested in technologies specifically aimed at motorcycles and
heavy-duty commercial vehicles. The funds will be awarded in two
rounds: proposals for the first round are due on October 4th, and
proposals for the second round are due on February 21st, 2007. See NYSERDA's
Program Opportunity Notice 1090.