“Clean Vehicle List” Guidance for New Car Buyers
You can help reduce air pollution.
When you purchase a new vehicle, you can make a choice that can affect our air quality.
The “Clean Vehicle List” is provided to help you make a purchasing decision that can help reduce air pollution. As more people make informed decisions when selecting a new vehicle, all of us will breathe cleaner air.
2013 Clean Vehicles
This year’s preliminary listing for model year 2013 includes one Fuel Cell Vehicle, ten Type II Electric Vehicles, one Type 1.5 Electric Vehicle, eleven neighborhood electric vehicles, four Transitional Zero Emission Vehicles (TZEV), and nine models of Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (AT PZEVs).
Fuel cell vehicles with hydrogen produced from renewable energy hold the promise of virtually pollution-free transportation and independence from imported petroleum.
An all-electric vehicle (EV) stores all its energy in batteries. A transitional Zero Emission Vehicle (TZEV), also called a plug-in hybrid stores some energy in batteries, and has a gas engine to extend range. An Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (ATPZEV) is also called a conventional hybrid; the battery re-charges as the car drives and thus it does not need to be plugged in.
Why purchase a cleaner vehicle?
In New Jersey, vehicle emissions account for about 30% of the total hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen emissions in the air that contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone or “smog” during the summer months.
By referring to the “Clean Vehicle List,” New Jersey's consumers can select a vehicle that is completely clean with no fossil fuel use. EVs, FCVs and TZEVs are all zero or ultra-low emitting technologies. A Partial Zero Emission (PZEV) or the Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (AT PZEV) are the cleanest vehicles with traditional gasoline fuel. In many cases, the higher initial cost will be more than offset through fuel savings over the life of the vehicle. In addition to being extremely low emitting, these PZEVs, AT PZEVs and TZEVs come with a 15-year, 150,000 mile (whichever occurs first) emission control warranty. California certified highway capable ZEVs, TZEVs and AT PZEVs also come with a 10-year battery warranty.
New Jersey's Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Sales Tax Exemption
Legislation enacted in New Jersey in January 2004 provides a sales tax exemption for zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), which are battery-powered or fuel-cell powered vehicles certified pursuant to the California Air Resources Board zero emission standards for the model year.
Exemption Use Certificate Form ST-4 http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/other_forms/sales/st4.pdf
To learn more please visit California Air Resource Board On-Road New Vehicle & Engine Certification Program (http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onroad/cert/cert.php),
California’s Drive Clean Website (http://www.driveclean.ca.gov/),
EPA Fuel Economy rating can be obtained from: