New Jersey communities and other entities will soon be eligible for a portion of $ 7 million in grants to purchase electric vehicles and chargers as the state takes another step toward Governor Phil Murphy’s government goal of 100% clean energy by 2050.
The new guidelines of the Clean Fleet Electric Vehicle Incentive Program, which come into effect next Saturday, aim to target the milestone of 25% state-owned plug-in electric vehicles by the end of 2025.
But the big picture is still in view, said Christine Sadovy, chief of staff for the New Jersey Board of Utilities.
“That’s included in all of the Murphy government’s 100% clean energy goals, not just government vehicles, but the larger vehicle electrification goals as well,” Sadovy said. “The institutions eligible for funding include schools, municipal commissions, government agencies, boards of directors and commissions, state universities, adult education centers, and district authorities, as well as municipalities, public utilities, and government agencies.”
Earlier this year, NJBPU announced a pilot program in Camden and Newark offering coupons for zero-emission vehicles. And within a week, BPU and PSE & G agreed to strengthen the country’s charging infrastructure.
According to PSE & G, New Jersey had the lowest per capita availability of charging points at the time of any state that had joined a consortium for zero-emission vehicles, although the state received a positive rating from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
To increase the number of gas stations compared to cars, the new provisions of the Clean Fleet program are not necessarily about, said Sadovy.
“It’s a bit of a chicken and egg scenario. We are really trying to expand both the vehicles and the charging infrastructure at the same time so that charging infrastructure is available nationwide, ”she said. “We hope that many of these chargers will be available to the public so that they can be used not only by the government agency, but also by people who drive electric vehicles, they can use these chargers as well.”
New Jersey’s Electric Vehicle Act of 2020 aims to go beyond the 25% EV benchmark by the end of 2025 and move to 100% state-owned, non-emergency light electric vehicles by the end of 2035.
Transportation is still responsible for 46% of the state’s net greenhouse gas emissions, according to the NJBPU.
Patrick Lavery is the New Jersey 101.5 afternoon news anchor. Follow him on Twitter @ plavery1015 or email [email protected]
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