If you have ever met me, you know that I am both a proud New Yorker and a car guy. Learning that Governor Cuomo and the State legislators included a $2,000 per vehicle rebate program for Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) in the States’ FY 2016-17 budget was gratifying. My state stepped up.

In a recent Buffalo News story, I was quoted saying “It’s about helping to spur and develop the market.” Automakers are making significant investments in ZEVs, such as battery, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles. But that is only part of the equation in building a sustainable green car market. It is a proven fact that vehicle rebates encourage car shoppers to consider environmentally-friendly vehicles. Consumers also need to know that convenient refueling locations are also available. Combining a rebate program with support for public vehicle charging/hydrogen fueling in the New York budget is a step in the right direction.

Some other states are stepping up as well; Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island offer incentives for ZEV purchases.

There is still a lot of work to be done for New York and the rest of the Northeast to build markets for green vehicles. Our members are stepping up too, offering more green options each year. We will continue our work with the states to have more consumers choose ZEVs.