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eMobility

New Jersey is bringing zero emission solutions to overburdened areas through eMobility programs

Governor Murphy's administration has a comprehensive approach to mitigate the effects of climate change. The Global Warming Response Act calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. A multifaceted approach must be taken to reduce the emissions from the transportation sector. eMobility is one approach that provides clean transportation to citizens who may not own their own vehicles. eMobility is equitable shared transportation using electric vehicles. These projects benefit low- to moderate-income communities disproportionately impacted by air pollution through carshare and ride hailing programs, electric taxis, shuttle services, and more.

Proposals for eMobility are unique and may include:

  • Electric vehicles
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Property purchase or lease (headquarters for vehicles and charging equipment)
  • Program development and operation
  • Education and outreach
  • Methods to ensure equity
  • Technology (hardware, software, data collection, etc.)
  • and more

Background

Transportation emissions remain the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the State, contributing to climate change impacts like rising temperatures, rising sea levels, and more extreme weather events. They also serve as a significant contributor for other air pollutants, like NOx and particulate matter, which have harmful evironmental and health effects. Moving toward transportation electrification addresses these concerns because electric vehicles (EVs) do not produce any tailpipe emissions.

New Jersey's low-income communities and communities of color have historically been subject to an unreasonably high number of environmental and public health stressors, including transportation emissions. As a result, residents in these areas suffer from increased adverse health effects including, but not limited to, asthma, cancer, elevated blood lead levels, cardiovascular disease, and developmental disorders.

Electric mobility solutions like carshare, rideshare, and ride hailing services provide additional modes of transport for residents in underserved areas, who often don't own a personal vehicle and rely on public transportation. eMobility will help ensure they have access to and can benefit from the advantages of clean vehicle technology.

How to Apply for Funding

  1. Complete the eMobility Proposal Form
  2. Email proposal form and any supporting documents to stopthesoot@dep.nj.gov with the subject “eMobility Proposal”
We are always interested in hearing from constituents about potential projects. Submit any ideas for future consideration using the instructions above. Announcements for open solicitations will be posted here and sent our via our Stop the Soot email.

To stay informed on the eMobility program and other Bureau of Mobile Sources updates, including notices of funding availability, you can sign up for our Stop the Soot email list and follow us on Instagram at DriveCleanNJ.

Awarded proposals from previous solicitations

Once awarded, DEP will work with applicants on their projects, and original details from the proposal may not reflect the completed project due to the complexity and evolution of the needs within the community.

July 2020
Gloucester City eMobility Project
Newark eMobility Project
Trenton eMobility Project
Woodbridge eMobility Project

July 2021
This solicitation period has closed, and we are reviewing proposals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does eMobility mean?

eMobility is electric mobility, or equitable shared transportation using electric vehicles, such as for electric taxis, electric car sharing and ride hailing, and electric shuttle services.

What kinds of projects are eligible?

Proposals for eMobility are unique and may include electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations, lot acquisition, operational items such as education and outreach, and more.

I have an idea for a project that is uncommon but still qualifies as shared electric mobility, should I submit a proposal?

Yes. All ideas will be reviewed and considered for funding if they are for an eMobility project.

Who can apply?

Both public and private entities are encouraged to apply if their project is for an eMobility strategy that can benefit an underserved community.

Which projects will be prioritized for funding?

Projects that are shovel ready and will have the greatest benefit for one or more communities that are disproportionately impacted by air pollution will be prioritized.
Applicants with shovel ready projects are those who, for example, have:

  • conducted community surveys to understand the needs of the population to be served
  • formed partnerships needed to advance the project should it be awarded
  • full comprehension of the scope of work associated with their proposal
  • considered the budgetary needs of their proposal
View DEP's Environmental Justice Overburdened Communities (OBCs) website here.

The instructions for How to Apply for Funding mention supporting documents. Are these necessary?

Supporting documents are not necessary to apply for eMobility funding. Some applicants prefer to provide extra resources so that DEP staff can have a better understanding of their proposal. Examples include reference letters from partners, community survey results, and expanded budget tables. You may submit any relevant materials as additional attachments with your completed proposal form.

Are plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) eligible for funding under the eMobility program?

No. If vehicles are included in a proposal, they should be all-electric, also known as battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

How much funding is available?

Funding sources and availability for eMobility varies for each solicitation.
Proceeds from New Jersey’s 2020 Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auctions provided approximately $5M for eMobility projects. These awards were announced in February 2021. View the spending information page here to see how this and other funding was allocated.

I missed a solicitation or am not ready to apply. When will the next solicitation be announced?

To stay informed on the eMobility program and other Bureau of Mobile Sources updates, including notices of funding availability, you can sign-up for our Stop the Soot email list and follow us on Instagram @DriveCleanNJ.

What is the maximum amount of funding or number of project elements (vehicles, charging stations, etc.) any single entity can apply for?

There are no limits to the size of a proposal, but it is beneficial to indicate if a project is scalable with a description of what that means for the overall project.

What does the application process look like?

Interested entities should complete an eMobility proposal form and send it to stopthesoot@dep.nj.gov with the subject “eMobility Proposal”. Following the close of a solicitation period, all proposals are reviewed. DEP may contact applicants for additional information during this time. Applicants will be notified whether they are approved for funding or not and, if approved, will be informed of next steps. Please note that the timing for reviews will depend on the number and complexity of proposals received and could take several months.

What happens if my proposal is chosen for funding?

DEP will work with you to get your project(s) underway. Depending on the complexity and timeline of your project, this could involve a few emails or regularly scheduled meetings with DEP staff and partners.

Can grants received under the eMobility program be combined with other state or federal grants?

There are many rules that pertain to state and federal funding, and it is best to contact us directly for specific questions.

I have more questions, who can I contact?

Questions can be directed to stopthesoot@dep.nj.gov.