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A Busy Season for Electric Vehicles!

Updated: Apr 13

curated by Igor Orlovich

updated 4/12/21



This spring brings us several high profile EV reveals.


Kia has unveiled its first dedicated EV built on the new E-GMP platform it shares with Hyundai Ioniq5.


  • The new EV6 crossover will have a range of up to 300 miles

  • Starts around $40,000


BMW unveiled the BMW i4, its new all-electric vehicle, and confirmed that it is going to have up to 300 miles of range based on the EPA standard.




GM released an updated version of its Chevrolet Bolt EV and a slightly larger Bolt EUV, coming in summer of 2021.

  • The 2022 Bolt EUV is priced from $33,9953, and the 2022 Bolt EV starts at $31,9953, before any available state, local or utility incentives.

  • The Bolt EV has 259 miles of range on a full charge. With the slightly larger Bolt EUV, the GM-estimated range on a full charge is 250 miles.

Hyundai premiered an Ioniq 5, built on a dedicated EV platform. This is the first vehicle in the Ioniq EV only sub-brand. The car is also the first with the built-in Vehicle to Load capability, providing up to 3.6kw at 220V. That is enough to power many appliances or even houses as an emergency power source. Coming to US mid-2021

VW has released pricing and specs for US market version of its 2021 ID4 EV crossover, also built on a new and dedicated EV platform.


  • MSRP starts at $39,995

  • EPA-estimated 250 miles of range on Pro S and 1st Edition RWD models

  • You can already find them close to home: Dorschel VW has them for sale!

Thinking about buying an EV? It’s a Great Time to Get an Electric Car in New York State (NYSERDA)


Not only are electric cars cleaner, but they offer a cutting-edge driving experience, save money on fuel, and need less maintenance than gas or diesel cars. That’s why the Charge NY initiative is offering electric car buyers the Drive Clean Rebate of up to $2,000 for new car purchases or leases. Combine that with a Federal Tax Credit of up to $7,500, and it’s an opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss.


With more than 40 electric car models to choose from, an ever-expanding fueling network of over 2,000 public charging stations across New York State, and a point-of-sale rebate on your new car purchase or lease, there’s no better time than now to go electric.


Learn about the benefits of owning an electric car Learn more about the Drive Clean Rebate Learn how much you can save by buying an electric car Download the Drive Clean Rebate for Electric Cars fact sheet [PDF]


State and Local EV News


Two Thruway DC Fast Charging stations are now open

Fairport DCFC stations are also officially open.



Bills of interest moving along in Albany that could use some support from constituents


S23A / No Assembly version yet

Requires the construction of certain parking facilities to be capable of supporting electric vehicle charging stations

*This is now on the floor schedule


A4761/S4476

"Provides an exemption for the sale of the first $35,000 of a battery, electric, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle from state sales and compensating use taxes"


S3012 / No Assembly version yet

"Relates to the expiration and repeal of regulations limiting the engines of school vehicles to remain idling while parked or standing on school grounds"


S4097 / No Assembly version yet

''Directs the commissioner of the department of environmental conservation to promulgate rules and regulations establishing targets for the sales of zero emissions medium and heavy duty vehicles"


S4088 / No Assembly version yet

"Relates to utilizing pollinator friendly road maintenance techniques"


S5268 / No Assembly version yet

"Allows for Reimbursement of School Districts for the Purchase or Lease of Electric School Buses"


Please contact our state legislators if you support these bills!


Senator Samra Brouk

brouk@nysenate.gov

District office: 585-223-1800

Albany office: 518-455-2215


Assembly Member Jen Lunsford

lunsfordj@nyassembly.gov

District office: 585-223-9130

Albany office: 518-455-5784


Federal EV News


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) teamed up to introduce the Electric Cars Act, S395/HR1271, which would extend and update the EV tax credit. It would restore expired incentives for GM and Tesla cars and make tax credits more accessible to people with lower tax liability.

*Currently there are 9 cosponsors in the Senate (none from NY) and 18 in the House (2 from NY: Paul Tonko and Mondaire Jones).



Please contact our federal legislators if you support this bill!


Senator Chuck Schumer

District office: (585) 263-5866

DC office: (202) 224-6542

Email Chuck


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

District office: (585) 263-6250

DC office: (202) 224-4451

Email Senator Gillibrand


Represenative Joe Morelle

District office: (585) 232-4850

DC office: (202) 225-3615

Email Representative Morelle


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