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Drive Green

Your choice to drive electric improves New Jersey’s air quality
and helps slow climate change.

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Vehicle Basics

Between all of the different acronyms, it’s easy to get confused. Here we have a basic breakdown of the main types of electric vehicles that either plug in or have no harmful tailpipe emissions.

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Charging

There are many options when it comes to charging your electric vehicle. This information will reveal the types of charging stations, where to find one, information on the cleanliness of the NJ grid, and charging resources.

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Incentives to Drive Green

There are many different federal and state incentives to make the transition easier. Explore Electric Vehicle Affordability with calculators that determines your personal cost. "It Pay$ to Plug In", provides grants to offset the cost of electric vehicle charging stations.

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Policy Initiatives

Learn about the policy initiatives New Jersey is developing to support the electrification of the transportation sector to meet State’s 2050 greenhouse gas goal.

Recent News

NEW! Community DCFC Awardees announced

New Jersey’s Electric Vehicle Law, signed in 2020, establishes a goal of having at least 1,000 community charging locations in a town center, commercial area, retail center or near concentrations of multi-unit dwellings by 2025. The latest competitive solicitation issued by the DEP this spring yielded an unprecedented 214 applications for fast-charging stations throughout the state. The 62 dual port fast-chargers will be installed at 31 locations – two per site -- including town centers and commercial areas. Of the 31 locations chosen for the fast-chargers, 16 applicants were government entities and 15 were private entities. Locations that were not selected for this round of funding will be considered as part of the State’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan. To date, the DEP has awarded just over $6 million for 1,126 chargers that have 1,938 plugs at 212 locations statewide.
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Community DCFC Solicitation Awardees

NEW! New Jersey makes $7 million investment in RGGI funds for electric buses and trucks

Leveraging proceeds from New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Governor Murphy has announced an additional $10.8 million investment to further protect residents, the environment and the economy from the worsening impacts of climate change. The latest round of proceeds will be used to increase the number of electric trucks and buses that traverse communities overburdened by air pollution and expand the number of community fast charging locations, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette said.
The total investment of $10.8 million includes $6.9 million from RGGI quarterly auction proceeds for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles including school buses, garbage trucks, transit and shuttle buses, and $3.9 million for 62 fast-charging stations. The $3.9 million comes from New Jersey’s share of the nationwide Volkswagen Settlement.
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Selected Projects

NEW! Governor Murphy signs legislation requiring establishment of electric school bus program

Up to $45 million over three years will fund the purchase of electric school buses and charging infrastructure across the state.
Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill (A1282) on August 4, 2022 requiring the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to implement a three-year “Electric School Bus Program” to provide funding for the purchase of electric school buses and charging infrastructure across the state and to assess a variety of operational issues related to school bus electrification. The bill’s signing testifies to the Murphy Administration’s continued commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, vehicle electrification, and the protection of children and families from harmful air pollutants, especially in environmental justice communities.
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NEW! NESCAUM releases final Multi-State Medium and Heavy Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan

On July 27, 2022, NESCAUM announced the release of a final Multi-State Medium and Heavy Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan.
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Action Plan

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (Public Law 117-58), continues the authorization of the national surface transportation legislation and appropriates $550 billion for new infrastructure investments. The BIL supports a variety of alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) and advanced vehicle technologies through grant programs, studies, technology standards, loans, research and development, fleet funding, and other measures. BIL includes provisions to increase investment in electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), alternative fuel infrastructure, electric vehicle (EV) batteries, electricity grid upgrades, and light-, medium-, and heavy-duty zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).

View our Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act website for more information.

New Jersey adopts the Advanced Clean Truck and Fleet Reporting rules
A statewide municipal ordinance is now in effect

A statewide municipal ordinance is now in effect that streamlines the local approval process for EV charging stations and requires new multi family buildings, garages and parking lots to be "ready" for EV charging stations. This is another important step toward electrifying New Jersey's transportation sector.

Click here to view the municipal ordinance

Electric Vehicles on New Jersey State Cooperative Purchasing Contract

Click here for a list of the electric vehicles currently available for purchase by public purchasing entities (municipalities, counties, etc.) through New Jersey State Cooperative Purchasing Contracts. Information for each vehicle includes make and model, vehicle type (SUV, crossover, sedan, minivan, etc.), battery range, price, contract/blanket number, and vendor.

Buying electric vehicles using New Jersey's State Cooperative Purchasing Contracts can speed the procurement process, save money through volume-drive cost reductions, and ensure compliance with the new State regulations such as "pay to play".

Electric Vehicle Resources for Local Government

The Electric Vehicle Resources for Local Government contains weblinks and resources to help local governments integrate electric vehicles into their fleets and communities. Includes incentives, procurement tools, policy and planning support, Sustainable Jersey resources, and resources for residents.



Partnership to Plug In

On June 3, 2019, Governor Murphy announced the New Jersey Partnership to Plug-in, a first-of-its-kind, statewide partnership to build out the necessary infrastructure to support electric vehicles in New Jersey. The Partnership aligns state agency roles through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that requires the goals of the partnership be incorporated in the RGGI Strategic Funding Plan, and directs the Agencies to use the RGGI funds, to extent authorized by law and regulation, to further the MOU goals.


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Transportation and Climate Initiative

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. The participating states are: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.

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DEP Mobile Source Programs

The Bureau of Mobile Sources protects public health and the environment by reducing air pollution from motor vehicles, engines, and the fuels used to operate them, and by encouraging travel choices that minimize emissions. We are also responsible for implementing statewide, comprehensive Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) emissions testing for motor vehicles. By reducing mobile source emissions, New Jersey’s communities are more liveable.


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Transportation in the 2019 Energy Master Plan (EMP)

On January 27, 2020, Governor Murphy unveiled the state’s Energy Master Plan , which outlines key strategies to reach the Administration’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The EMP comprehensively addresses New Jersey’s energy system, including electricity generation, transportation, and buildings, and their associated greenhouse gas emissions and related air pollutants. For the first time, the state’s EMP includes a robust set of strategies for reducing energy consumption and emissions from the transportation sector.

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