New York state's plan to transition to zero-emission vehicles by 2035 received a boost Thursday with the announcement of a $12 million initiative to support the development and demonstration of innovative, replicable solutions that advance electric vehicle adoption and the integration of electric vehicles with the electric grid, Gov. Hochul announced.

The initiative also seeks to support novel demonstrations of medium- and heavy-duty electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies.

Funding for this initiative is part of the state’s 10-year, $6 billion Clean Energy Fund. 

“As New York continues to advance toward a zero-emission future, it’s imperative that we continue to improve the affordability of clean transportation ownership as we scale up a resilient and reliable energy grid,” Hochul said. “This $12 million initiative offers an innovative way to do both — exploring and supporting options for vehicle charging infrastructure that also provides energy back to the grid. We are committed to making it possible for both residents and companies to transition to owning and charging electric vehicles — building a greener future for all.”

The funding advances the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act requirements to achieve a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040 and reduce emissions 85% by 2050.