NEW YORK – The New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) has launched a new $10 million effort in New York State aimed at converting the state’s hybrid fleet — consisting mostly of Toyota Priuses and Ford Hybrid Escapes — into plug-in hybrids, reports EERE Network News. NYSERDA have released a solicitation that calls for multiple awards of up to $100,000 for the development of plug-in, hybrid vehicle prototypes, which will then be subject to three months of testing. Builders of successful prototype vehicles may then apply for a second round of funding to convert the state’s fleet of hybrids into plug-in hybrids. NYSERDA estimates that the state owns between 500 and 600 hybrid cars and light trucks, and the winning bidders will need to present a viable plan to manufacture all or a significant portion of the plug-in conversion systems in New York State, or otherwise generate significant economic activity in the state. Proposals are due on Sept. 18.