Albany, NY - January 20,, 2017 - The Office of General Services (OGS) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have released more details on their upcoming aggregate bid for plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles. Authorized users of the New York State Vehicle Marketplace (i.e., municipalities and state agencies) can participate.
Bid forms are due by the close of business on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
This initiative will increase the number of zero-emission vehicles in government fleets across the state. During the recent aggregate purchase in spring 2016, the initiative allowed for the purchase price of 63 Chevy Volts at roughly an 11% discount, and significant savings are anticipated in this round as well. A few changes with this bid include:
- Instead of choosing a single type of vehicle, we will place a bid for a more generic minimum set of specifications. This should encourage competition between automakers, hopefully resulting in a lower the end price.
- Two separate aggregate bids will be awarded, one for plug-in hybrids and one for pure battery electric vehicles.
Municipalities may save even more on their vehicle purchase through the DEC's Municipal Zero-emission Vehicle (ZEV) Rebate Program, which offers rebates to local governments for costs associated with the purchase or lease (for at least 36 months) of eligible clean vehicles.
- More information on the rebate program can be found at here.
Once a bid is awarded, municipalities and agencies will then be responsible for contacting the winning bidder to complete a purchase.