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Electric Vehicle Incentive Programs

New Jersey is leading the way on electric vehicle (EV) adoption on the East Coast. Governor Phil Murphy has set a goal of registering 330,000 EVs in New Jersey by 2025, which will reduce emissions from the transportation sector and help reach the goals of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan and the Global Warming Response Act. The transportation sector accounts for 46% of the state’s net greenhouse gas emissions, making it the largest emissions source.

The below programs are designed to encourage EV adoption in New Jersey, which is crucial to reaching a 100% clean energy future.

For more information regarding electric vehicles please contact us at 877-426-2474 or by email at chargeupnj@energycenter.org.
 
Charge Up New Jersey

On January 17, 2020, Governor Murphy signed S-2252 into law (P.L.2019, c.362), which created an incentive program for light-duty electric vehicles and at-home electric charging infrastructure. Charge Up New Jersey promotes clean vehicle adoption in the state by offering incentives of up to $5,000 for the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission vehicles, including battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric. By shifting away from gasoline and diesel use, it creates many environmental and economic benefits, including less air pollution and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.                  

Clean Fleet EV Incentive Program

The Clean Fleet Electric Vehicle Incentive Program supports local and state governments as they transition their fleets to EVs. The Program, initially introduced in 2019 as a $210,000 pilot program funded through the U.S. Department of Energy, allows local and state government entities to apply for up to two $4,000 grants toward the purchase of battery electric vehicles and one $1,500 grant toward the purchase of a Level-Two EV charging station. In June 2021, New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) allocated a total of $7 million for Fiscal Year 2022, dedicating $6 million for use by state entities and $1 million for local governments.

On August 18, 2021 the Board approved the expansion of its Clean Fleet Electric Vehicle Incentive Program. The modifications approved include an increase in award caps and are aimed at boosting the program’s reach and effectiveness as the State endeavors to reach Governor Phil Murphy’s goal of transitioning at least 25 percent of State-owned, non-emergency light duty vehicles to plug-in EVs by December 31, 2025.

Eligible entities include local schools, municipal commissions, state agencies or boards, state commissions, state universities, community colleges, and county authorities in addition to municipalities, municipal utility authorities, and state agencies. The application can be found here.

Award Caps for Eligible Entities

Number of Battery Electric Vehicles Eligible for Incentive:  

  • Local governments and local entities (ex: municipal utility authority, etc.) serving a population under 20,000 have a cap of two (2) vehicles;  
  • Local  schools serving a population under 20,000 have a cap of two (2) vehicles;
  • Local governments and local entities (ex: municipal utility authority, etc.) serving a population over 20,000 have a cap of five (5) vehicles; 
  • Local  schools serving a population over 20,000 have a cap of five (5) vehicles;
  • Local governments and local entities (ex: municipal utility authority, etc.) serving a population over 50,000 have a cap of seven (7) vehicles;
  • Local schools serving a population over 50,000 have a cap of seven (7) vehicles;
  • State government, state agencies/boards/commissions, state universities, and counties have a cap of ten (10) vehicles;
  • Local governments and local entities (ex: municipal utility authority, etc.) serving a population over 100,000  have a cap of ten (10) vehicles; and
  • Local schools serving a population over 100,000  have a cap of ten (10) vehicles.

Number of Dual-Port Level Two Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Eligible for Incentive:

  • Local governments and local entities (ex: municipal utility authority, etc.) serving a population under 20,000 have a cap of one (1) Level-Two EV charging station;
  • Local schools serving a population under 20,000 have a cap of one (1) Level-Two EV charging station;
  • Local governments and local entities (ex: municipal utility authority, etc.) serving a population over 20,000 have a cap of two (2) Level-Two EV charging stations;
  • Local schools serving a population over 20,000 have a cap of two (2) Level-Two EV charging stations;
  • State government, state agencies/boards/commissions, state universities, and counties serving a population over 50,000 have a cap of four (4) Level-Two EV charging stations; and 
  • Local governments and local entities (ex: municipal utility authority, etc.) serving a population over 50,000 have a cap of four (4) Level-Two EV charging stations

NJBPU Moves to Increase Electric Vehicle Infrastructure in New Jersey

In September, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) approved an Order setting parameters for the build-out of publicly accessible, light-duty electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the State and the role of private and public investment in developing the infrastructure. The Order establishes minimum filing requirements for light-duty EV infrastructure proposals from New Jersey’s electric utilities and requires them, if they have not done so already, to submit these filings by February 28, 2021.

NJBPU had released a Straw Proposal in May that was aimed at furthering EV adoption in New Jersey. Comments received from stakeholders on this straw proposal can be found here.  The Straw Proposal can be found here.  A recording of the stakeholder meeting about the proposal is available here, and the panel presentations from the meeting can be found below:

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