Department of Environmental Protection


Air Quality, Energy & Sustainability

Drive Green

CLEAN VEHICLES ... Help Reduce Air Pollution

As a motorist and a consumer, you can help reduce air pollution! When you purchase a new vehicle, you can make a choice that improves our air quality and global climate.

The “Clean Vehicle List” contains the makes and models of vehicles that are considered the cleanest for each model year, along with information on their fuel types, total range, fuel economy, size class, and federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air pollution and greenhouse gas scores.

“Clean Vehicle List” as Guidance for New Car Buyers

Select Below to see our Clean Vehicle Lists by model year: Currently, the cleanest vehicles are electric vehicles (EVs) that are powered by fuel cell, battery, or a combination of battery and gasoline (i.e., plug-in hybrid). To learn more about the different kinds of EVs and how they operate, visit our Electric Vehicle Basics webpage. As more people make informed decisions when selecting a new vehicle, all of us will breathe cleaner air.

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

Driving NJ towards Cleaner Transportation

DEP to Use First Round of Volkswagen Settlement Funds for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, NJ Transit Electric Buses

(19/P011) TRENTON – Moving forward on its commitment to clean transportation, the Department of Environmental Protection is transmitting to the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust for approval the allocation of $11.2 million from New Jersey’s share of the federal Volkswagen settlement for hundreds of electric-vehicle charging outlets across the state and new electric NJ TRANSIT buses in the City of Camden, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today. MORE

It Pays to Plug In: New Jersey’s Electric Vehicle Charging Grants Program has expanded its eligibility criteria!

It Pay$ to Plug In provides grants to offset the cost of purchasing and installing electric vehicle charging stations. The program is designed to expand New Jersey’s growing network of electric vehicle infrastructure, allowing residents, businesses, and government agencies to purchase and drive electric vehicles. EVs dramatically reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality for everyone. MORE

NJDEP adopted rules at N.J.A.C. 7:27-29, operative on January 27, 2006 (38 N.J.R. 497(b)), which established a Low Emission Vehicle Program and incorporated the requirements of the California Low Emission Vehicle Program. As indicated in N.J.A.C. 7:27-29.13, the New Jersey Low Emission Vehicle Program includes a prospective incorporation by reference. This is an ongoing process, that began January 27, 2006, whereby all provisions of regulations incorporated into N.J.A.C. 7:27-29 from the California Code of Regulations, as set forth in N.J.A.C. 7:27-29.13(g), are continually automatically updated in order to maintain consistency with the most current California Code of Regulations. This ensures New Jersey meets the Clean Air Act § 177 “identicality” provisions which require New Jersey to remain identical to the California program.

As a result of the California Air Resources Board’s approval on September 28, 2018, of Resolution 18-35 to amend Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations Sections 1961.2 and 1961.3 (which sections also apply to vehicles sold in New Jersey by operation of N.J.A.C. 7:27-29.13), compliance with federal greenhouse gas standards for 2021 through 2025 model year passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles will not constitute compliance with the New Jersey Low Emissions Vehicle Program rules if the federal standards are altered by a final rule published in the Federal Register after October 25, 2016.

As a courtesy to the public and the regulated community, NJDEP is issuing this list of the amendments to the California Code of Regulations that have been incorporated into Table 1 of N.J.A.C. 7:27-29.13(g) since 2006 as follows:

1961.2 (new criteria pollutant emissions standards for 2015-2025)
1961.2(d) (new test procedures)
1961.3 (new greenhouse gas standards)
1962.1 (zero emission vehicle standards for 2009-2017 vehicles)
1962.2 (zero emission vehicle standards for 2018 and subsequent model years)
1962.3 (electric vehicle charging requirements)

See the following links for the CARB regulatory documents:

NJ Clean Car Program Information Document

In January 2004, New Jersey enacted the Clean Car Program under N.J.S.A. 26:2C-8.15 et seq. which required the DEP to implement rules adopting the California Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) program to reduce criteria pollutant emissions and greenhouse gases emitted by motor vehicles in New Jersey. DEP promulgated LEV rules under N.J.A.C. 7:27-29 which became effective on January 27, 2006. The rules are applicable to 2009 and newer light duty motor vehicles less than or equal to 8,500 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) that are sold or registered in New Jersey. It does not include medium-duty vehicles, off-highway vehicles, allterrain vehicles and motorcycles. The LEV program will reduce vehicle emissions, helping to reduce the adverse impacts that these emissions have on air quality and human health. MORE