Friday, 16 September 2022 09:25

New York’s ‘Drive Clean’ Rebate Program Runs Out of Money

Written by William Johnson, Teslarati

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New York State’s “Drive Clean” EV rebate program has run out of money, according to the state agency that runs it.

On Sept. 16, Reddit user u/fiehlsport posted on r/electricvehicles the “Clean Drive” EV rebate program had contacted him and told him he would no longer be recieving the funds he applied for because the program had run out of money. Teslarati reached out to numerous parts of the New York State government and finally confirmed this is the case.


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) runs the EV rebate program. The agency confirmed to Teslarati on Sept. 16 that both the program had run out of money and customers who recently applied will not receive the funds they applied for.


However, Teslarati was also told by one NYSERDA representative “new funding will be given to the program soon," though no timeline was given.


There is some relatively reassuring news for those who may have just purchased a vehicle in the state. Even though money is currently not available, the NYSERDA representative assured Teslarati customers could apply for the rebate later. However, due to the program’s structure, customers will have to work with their dealers to reapply in the future.


The “Drive Clean” rebate ran out of money once before and received a $12 million increase in funds from the state earlier this year; however, a downtime was associated with that fund increase.


This has become an all too common reality for EV incentives. California’s program has also run out of funding numerous times, causing backups and delays in funds promised to customers. If you are considering purchasing an EV and plan to apply for state rebates, it may be a good idea to call your state’s energy/transportation office to confirm availability and eligibility.


We thank Teslarati for reprint permission.