Electric Vehicle Rebate Integral to Reaching NYs Climate and Clean Energy Goals

New Budget Program Positions State as Clean Car Leader

(Long Island, NY) Governor Cuomo and state legislators have included a rebate program for zero-emission and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles within the SFY2016-17 Budget. The program will provide consumers with a $2,000 per vehicle credit, and appears in Part AA of the Transportation, Environmental Conservation, and Economic Development bill (S.6408C/A.9008C). The program moves us closer to achieving Cuomo Administration commitments: reducing climate-altering pollution 80 percent by 2050, and putting more than 800,000 zero-emission vehicles on the roads in New York State by 2025.

The Environmental Protection Fund will also support public electric vehicle infrastructure and provide up to $5,000 for each electric vehicle a local government buys.

The program now heads to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for implementation.

The following statement is attributable to Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York:

“New York State has been a leader when it comes to reducing carbon pollution from power plants, but until now we lacked a program to help consumers move to clean cars and away from fossil fuel-guzzling machines. This program–coupled with what is happening in other states–has the potential to unleash innovation within the US auto industry and will result in cleaner, healthier air.

Today, over one-third of the state’s carbon emissions come from the transportation sector. An 80 percent reduction in climate pollution by 2050 means that in less than 34 years, New York State will have no more gas stations. There will be no need for fossil fuel infrastructure, and every car on the road will run on clean, renewable energy.

These are aggressive goals, for sure, which are achievable if we don’t lose sight of what’s at stake, and continue to advocate and implement programs like this, which grow the clean car industry and empower consumers.

The next steps to finalize the electric vehicle rebate program are crucial. We must ensure that the full weight and muscle of NYSERDA is behind both fully funding and implementing the program, and is supported by a robust marketing plan that attracts consumers and gets auto dealers on board.

Environmental Advocates of New York applauds Governor Cuomo and legislators for delivering on clean cars. We also want to thank the broad coalition of advocates and automakers who partnered with us to position New York as an electric vehicle leader.”

Hyundai Motors, Diamond Bank Vehicle Credit scheme runs till end of Feb

By Theodore Opara

Prospective patrons and fleet managers willing to access soft bank loans to procure  Hyundai vehicles at discount price without necessarily undergoing bureaucratic bank charges can take advantage of Hyundai Motors Nigeria and Diamond Bank PLC ‘Dream Deal’ vehicle finance offer  the management of both organizations have announced that this scheme will run till end of February 2016.

The scheme christened ‘Hyundai/Diamond Dream Deal: It’s the best time to own a brand new Hyundai’ was extended to meet yearning customers’ request and it   promises to ease payment with 48 equal monthly installments without collateral or management fee, the duo assured.

Hyundai Motors Nigeria head of sales and marketing, Jatin Nadkarni who gave this hint at the inauguration ceremony in Lagos said the credit scheme was in line with Hyundai strategy and direction to make Hyundai vehicle acquisition a seamless experience.

He said successful customers would aside these seamless benefits enjoy series of other offers including interest as low as 14%; special prices; waiver of commitment and management fees, free labour and consumables for three months with one Samsung Galaxy Tab for every car purchased.

Also describing vehicle credit facility as a common practice in advanced markets, Mr. Nadkarni said the initiative is consequent upon the federal government National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) aimed at encouraging patronage of new vehicles, particularly home made cars. The company listed some passenger and commercial vehicle models that can be procured during this bonanza as Hyundai i10, Xcent, Accent, Elantra and Hyundai H100 truck with H1 van and school bus respectively.

He dismissed risk of hidden charges in the liberal credit facility, remarking that Hyundai Motors with Diamond Bank have integrated the vehicle acquisition plan to enable many more customers including those without functional account with the bank to embrace the facility.

“The evolving needs and preferences of prospective vehicle buyers prompted this campaign, which essentially would lessen the burden of owning a serviceable car, Mr. Nadkarni affirmed.

Also adding that the opportunity was designed to discourage patrons of used vehicle also known as tokunbo, the Hyundai Motors sales and marketing helmsman said: “I still can’t see the wisdom in patronizing tokunbo cars that doesn’t come with service history let alone offering value for money; which means, inheriting the liability of a previous user at unimaginable expense.

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POs Wierzbicki and Bagan arrested Dominique Davis, 18, of Newark and Tieseon Johnson, 18, of Newark for burglary to a motor vehicle, credit card theft and hindering apprehension at the South Avenue train station.

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CHAMPAIGN — Police want help identifyingsuspects involved in burglary to a motor vehicle and unlawful use of credit cards. It happened November 27, about 2 pm, in the 1400-block of Parkview Drive.

A woman reported her purse was stolen from her vehicle. Credit cards in her wallet were then used in fraudulent purchases around town.

The suspects are described as a black man and light-skinned black woman, both 15 – 20 years old. The man was wearing a black/red/white Miami Heat hat, black Nike hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

On one occasion, the woman was wearing a black, hooded coat with jeans, then the same coat with Eastern sweatpants on another. The suspects were seen leaving the area in a dark blue or black sedan.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.

AvtoVAZ falls to four-day week as Russia woes continue

AvtoVAZ is battening down hatches by adopting a four-day week

AvtoVAZ is to putemployees on a four-day week from 16 February, resulting in a 20% pay cut as the economic travails in Russia continue to extract a heavy price on the countrys automotive sector.

Russias Association of European Businesses (AEB) posted especially gloomy numbers for December showing a precipitous46% drop in passenger cars and LCV statistics, while figures for 2015 were 36% down.

The Togliatti-based automaker will be hoping the reduced working week applicable for a maximum of six months in Russian law and spiralling up to top management coupled with the launch of its Lada Xray and Vesta models will insulate it from the worst effects of a severe economic downturn.

Russia is enduring a perfect storm of economic headwinds, namely high inflation, a depreciating rouble, a plummeting oil price and moribund consumer confidence, not helped by steep interest rates.

To counter the downturn, The Kremlin is to pump RUB50bn (US$651m) into the automotive industry, mainly through an aim to reduce Russias car parc age, while lower vehicle credit and rental rates programmes will remain.

Russian companies will also receive financial support on their investment credits, with the State allocating funds to regional authorities. This money will be used to purchase municipal service vehicles running on natural gas, as well asto purchase buses and trolleybuses.

This [four-day week] is one of the crisis measures to help us preserve core personnel of the factory, an AvtoVAZ spokesman told just-auto from Russia. That will [result in] pay cuts, that is logical and it will include top management. It is a 20% cut.

Under Russian legislation, if a company is using a four-day week or a cut in work, this regime can be used for half a year.

This is a measure to cope with the existing economic situation the biggest challenge for us is to preserve core personnel. It is prohibited to have any lay-offs during this [reduced working] regime.

This year, AvtoVAZ celebrates 50 years of existence since its creation in the Soviet Union and the automaker received a very public endorsement of its credentials as an iconic Russian brand, with the visit to Togliatti of Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev.

The Russian Prime Minister tested the Lada Xray ahead of its launch on 14 February and his visit added to backing by President Vladimir Putin of AvtoVAZs Vesta last October and his trumpeting of component localisation.