New Jersey governor Phil Murphy has announced a new state-wide EV preparedness plan, the first statewide partnership of its kind in the US, to build out the necessary infrastructure to support electric vehicle ownership to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The initiative, called the New Jersey Partnership to Plug In, will be co-led by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, to create a strategic and streamlined framework to support New Jersey’s electric vehicle ecosystem, with the goal of registering 330,000 Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) by 2025.
“The New Jersey Partnership to Plug-In ensures that we are working collaboratively across state agencies and with our private sector partners, to not only meet, but exceed our goal of registering 330,000 electric vehicles in New Jersey by 2025,” said governor Murphy. “This new initiative is part of our broader effort to make renewable energy solutions work for everyone in New Jersey.”
Each state agency will have its own set of tasks to deploy several critical aspects of electrification, including:
- Mapping of existing and planned charging infrastructure assets
- The installation electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the state
- Working with lawmakers to establish an electric vehicle rebate program to incentivize adoption of electric vehicles.
- The creation an attractive corporate environment for ZEV-related primary and secondary companies.
Existing initiatives will be enhanced by the partnership’s work. The Department of Environmental Protection recently launched an electric vehicle charging station map and the Board of Public Utilities plans to share a draft of the state’s Energy Master Plan (EMP) in June. The draft EMP will outline ongoing and potential new initiative across state government to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050.
Other agencies, including the Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Commission, and Department of Community Affairs, will contribute to aspects of this partnership, including installing signage, tracking vehicle registrations, and actively partnering with municipalities to apply local planning solutions.
“With the transportation sector contributing more than 40 percent of New Jersey’s greenhouse gas emissions, it is critical that we electrify this industry as part of Governor Murphy’s commitment to 100 percent clean energy by 2050,” said New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “The MOU is a significant step in that direction and the NJBPU is eager to partner with our sister agencies in supporting the growth of Zero Emission Vehicles. In particular, the strategies laid out by the MOU will help inform the Board’s review of the EV filings pending before us.”
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