It looks like any normal E-ZPass transponder.
But it’s green, man.
It’s a green E-ZPass transponder.
No, E-ZPass hasn’t come out with a line of transponders that match your car’s paint scheme. And no, I didn’t repaint my old E-ZPass with some leftover spray-on plastic dye.
But this little bad boy is going to save me some serious cash in the long run.
I shall explain.
When I purchased my 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier (“Lightning’s Girl”) last month, I found that there were a lot of available perks and benefits to owning an electric hybrid vehicle. And one of them involves reduced tolling along the New York State Thruway.
Yeah. Starting today, I now get 10% off tolls on the Thruway. And I believe that also includes things like E-ZPass Plus parking areas (i.e., the New York State Fair, Albany International Airport).
This little perk is available to E-ZPass customers in New York who own a plug-in electric or a hybrid electric car. A list of New York State approved electric and hybrid vehicles that qualify for the green E-ZPass are listed here at this link.
Hey, if nothing else, I’m all about saving that $$. And a few extra coins in my pocket can be reallocated into paying off my car loan. Every penny helps.
Now comes the next question. I wonder if this transponder will also give me discounts when I travel on the Massachusetts Turnpike or on the Garden State Parkway or on the New Jersey Turnpike.
If it does … hoo boy that would be good news as well. And even if it doesn’t … I’m still getting some savings on my New York State Thruway tolls. So that’s a plus in and of itself.
Yeah, this feels good, man.
That’s quite civilized! I didn’t know about that program.
Egad, this has all the makings of a class action lawsuit by a group of cranky old retirees, who:
– rarely use I-90, etc., but have no problem paying a toll…like everyone else
– don’t find it feasible / cost effective to enroll in EZ Pass
– therefore, pay tolls by mail (TBM)
– via TBM, are charged an additional admin. processing fee (which is usually greater than the toll)
– therefore, pay more than EZ Passers for using the same road
– can’t necessarily afford to convert to a “green” vehicle…
– …as non-EZ Passers, likely would not be eligible for the subject discount, even if they COULD afford to
But congrats on your good fortune!
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