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It Pay$ To Plug In: NJ’s Electric Vehicle Charging Grants Program

It Pay$ to Plug In

It Pay$ to Plug In provides grants to offset the cost of purchasing 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.

How to Submit Level 1 and Level 2 Project Applications Review eligibility criteria below

Step 1: Read the Overview and Instructions and IPPI Program's Compliance and Best Practices Guidelines for Accessible EV Chargers, then visit the System for Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE) to complete your application.
Visit the SAGE Instructions for detailed instructions on how to submit your application via the SAGE portal.
Visit the It Pays to Plug In FAQ for answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Step 2: Obtain three (3) quotes for the EV charging stations.

Step 3: Submit all required documents via the SAGE portal.

Step 4: If the grant application is approved, NJDEP will provide and execute a grant agreement with the applicant via the SAGE portal.

Step 5: Install Level 1 and Level 2 charging station(s) within 9 months of NJDEP grant execution. Do not purchase or install equipment before your grant has been executed. Completed projects are not eligible.

Step 6: Complete and submit the Expenditure Report and the Charger Information Form via SAGE along with paid invoices, proof of payment, and photos.

Step 7: After NJDEP review and approval of provided invoices, grant funds will be disbursed.

Eligible Applicants

Private residential dwellings other than multi-unit dwellings are not eligible for grants.

The program is open to all other applicants: Businesses, governments, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions.

Eligible Projects

Workplaces: Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations for employees who drive electric vehicles. Examples include workplace chargers for employees who drive electric vehicles to work, and chargers for fleet vehicles.

Public Places: Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations that are open to the public. Examples include charging stations in downtown areas, public parking lots and garages, hotels, transit centers, leisure destinations, colleges and universities, retail parking areas, and public parks.

Multi-Unit Dwellings: Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations for multi-family residences, including apartments, condominiums and townhouses. There must be a minimum of five (5) units. See a comparison of State MUD Grant Programs

Corridor: DC Fast Charging stations that are open to the public, provide 150kW or greater power, and are on the priority corridors identified in the strategic mapping will be prioritized for funding. Learn more

Community: DC Fast Charging stations that are open to the public, provide 50kW or greater power, and are in locations where people live and work. Learn more

eMobility: Level 1, Level 2, and DC Fast Charging stations that are in association with shared mobility, car sharing, and ride hailing services. View more information about eMobility.


Email us at Drivegreen@dep.nj.gov or call (609)292-7953.

Strategic Plan For Infrastructure

NJDEP is leading an effort to develop a strategic plan for electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the state. The initial phase of the Department's effort forcuses on DC fast charging (DCFC) on major travel corridors in New Jersey, as required by P.L. 2019, c. 362. DCFC stations that are 150kW or greater in corridor locations that have been identified in the strategic mapping process will be prioritized for funding. In the near future, NJDEP will also be identifying strategic locations for DCFC in communities, as required by P.L. 2019, c. 362. Once complete, that information will be posted here and funding will be made available for those community locations.

Learn more

Reimbursement Amounts

Upon completion of work in accordance with the eligibility criteria, NJDEP will reimburse each applicant for a percentage of eligible costs, up to a maximum of:
$750 per Level 1 charging port;
$4,000 per Level 2 charging port;
eMobility reimbursements will vary depending on location and availability to the public.


Location publicly accessible government property private property
Public place Yes 100% up to maximum 100% up to maximum
Workplace No 100% up to maximum 100% up to maximum
Multi-unit dwelling No 100% up to maximum 100% up to maximum
Corridor* Yes 100% up to maximum 80% up to maximum

*As identified by the strategic mapping

Utility EV Charging Infrastructure Incentive Programs

If the Applicant is participating in It Pay$ to Plug In and a utility EV charging infrastructure incentive program simultaneously, the Applicant must notify NJDEP and the appropriate utility program of dual-participation.
Ask your electric utility about incentives for chargers.
Atlantic City Electric
JCP&L
PSE&G Electric Vehicle Charging Program
Rockland Electric

 

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Learn more about stacking incentives

DCFC Solicitation Projects

$5.4 million of Volkswagen Mitigation funding has been earmarked for investment in public DC Fast Chargers to expand our statewide network. An estimated 36 electric vehicle charging stations are expected to be installed at 18 locations. For a list of all DCFC Projects submitted click here.

DCFC Awardees

Public DC Fast Charging Selected Projects

  • Duke Farms Foundation - Hillsborough
  • Equilon Enterprises, LLC - Bedminster
  • Equilon Enterprises, LLC - Edison
  • Equilon Enterprises, LLC - Forked River
  • Equilon Enterprises, LLC - Perth Amboy
  • Equilon Enterprises, LLC - Ridgewood
  • Equilon Enterprises, LLC - Sparta
  • Equilon Enterprises, LLC - Union
  • Equilon Enterprises, LLC - Wall Township
  • Equilon Enterprises, LLC - Wayne
  • EVgo Services LLC - Cinnaminson
  • EVgo Services LLC - Clark
  • EVgo Services LLC - Middletown
  • EVgo Services LLC - Piscataway
  • EVgo Services LLC - Vauxhall
  • EVgo Services LLC - Woodbury
  • U-Go Stations Inc. - Blairstown
  • YMGS Brothers Inc. - Green Brook
Click here for more information on these projects

Charging Station Projects/Disbursement Reports

It Pay$ to Plug In has provided grant funding to a myriad of charging station projects throughout New Jersey. These reports present how many locations have installed charging stations, and how many of those stations are available for public use. The program’s current funding levels are presented as well. This graphic represents the funding available and the amount of projects funded as of August 1, 2020. The Bureau is continually receiving and applying for additional funds for the It Pay$ to Plug In Program, which may not be represented in this graphic. Please continue to submit applications, and the Bureau will process the applications as appropriate.

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It Pay$ to Plug In Funded EV Charging Stations