This week the New Jersey Legislature passed legislation aimed at electrifying the state’s transportation sector to help the US state meet its climate goals of 100% clean energy by 2050.
Highlights of the new law:
- Electric vehicles buyers can receive up to $5,000 in cash-on-the-hood rebates.
The installation of 1,400 additional chargers, 400 of which will be DC fast chargers to complete a statewide fast-charging network.
Incentivizes hotels, apartments, condos, and townhouses to add chargers, with a goal of 30% of New Jersey shared living units having access to EV chargers and 50% of hotels.
Sets goals for increasing electric vehicle usage across the state, with at least 2 million of all light-duty vehicles (cars, minivans, SUVs, pick-up trucks) on New Jersey roads to be electric by 2035 and 85% of vehicles sold or leased in New Jersey to be electric by 2040.
Requires NJ Transit to phase in electric bus purchases and to buy only zero-emission buses after 2032.
Transportation, the nation’s leading source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, makes up almost 50% of emissions in New Jersey and EVs are fast, technologically advanced, quiet, and significantly lower in emissions than conventional vehicles, even when factoring in the emissions from the electricity used to charge them. They also cost less to maintain and fuel than fossil fuel powered vehicles, helping households reduce transportation costs.
In response, Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, released the following statement:
“The passage of this landmark EV legislation will protect the climate, save lives, lower costs for families and businesses, and create jobs for communities across New Jersey. We applaud the Legislature for giving the green light for our state to charge forward with proven policies to accelerate electric vehicle adoption. Leadership like this is critical for New Jersey to reduce emissions from the state’s most polluting sector and offer clean transportation choices for people of all income levels.”
Lead image: Electric Bus. Credit: Proterra.