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Below are the programs that New Jersey is currently offering in association with electric vehicles and their charging infrastructure.

It Pay$ to Plug In

It Pay$ to Plug In:
NJ’s Electric Vehicle Workplace Charging Grants
Employees spend one-third of their day with their car sitting in the parking lot while working.  This makes workplaces ideal locations for electric vehicle owners to charge throughout the workday.  The Charging Pyramid on the bottom right shows the places electric vehicle drivers charge the most and the commonly used charging infrastructure.
The Workplace Charging Grant Program provides grants to employers to offset the cost of purchasing and installing electric vehicle charging stations.  This program is designed to support and encourage employees to purchase and drive electric vehicles to work, which reduces vehicle emissions.

Upon completion of work in accordance with the eligibility criteria, NJDEP will reimburse each applicant as follows:

  • Up to $250 per Level 1 charging station; and
  • Up to $5,000 per Level 2 charging station.

It Pay$ to Plug In: NJ’s Electric Vehicle Workplace Charging Grants Flyer

For a list of frequently asked questions,
visit the It Pays to Plug In FAQ.

How to apply for a Workplace Charging Grant


Step 1: Complete the Application Form, Certification Checklist, W-9 Form, and sign your business up for NJStart if you haven’t already. Visit the It Pays to Plug In FAQ for answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Step 2: Submit to NJDEP Bureau of Mobile Sources at

Step 3: If the grant application is approved, NJDEP will provide and execute a grant agreement with the applicant.

Step 4: Install charging station(s) within one calendar year of NJDEP grant execution. Do not purchase or install equipment before your grant has been executed. Completed projects are not eligible.

Step 5: Complete and submit the Reimbursement Request Form along with paid invoices to NJDEP Bureau of Mobile Sources at

Step 6: After NJDEP review and approval of provided invoices, grant funds will be disbursed.

Step 7: Complete the Annual Survey for a minimum of 3 years.



NJ Charging Challenge: Electrify Your Workplace

NJDEP wants to recognize the employers in New Jersey that are making their workplaces “Electric Vehicle-Ready.  By providing workplace charging for electric vehicles, these employers are becoming more sustainable and are helping to reduce emissions of air pollutants from cars, improve our environment, and improve the bottom line for their employees that drive to work.  All employers are invited to participate, whether private, government, educational or non-profit.
See the NJ Charging Challenge: Electrify Your Workplace flyer for more information.

Learn about previous winners

How to qualify for recognition:

  • Install a minimum of 2 charging stations (Level 1/120 Volt or Level 2/240 Volt).
  • Installations as early as January 1, 2016 will be accepted.
  • Complete an NJ Charging Challenge application form and submit with proof of installation to by Friday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m. 
  • Parking spaces must be dedicated to charging station use only.
  • Recognition will include a certificate from the DEP, as well as website recognition.
  • All applicants who meet the qualifications will receive recognition. The top performers in the Charging Challenge will be honored at the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony at the end of the year. For more information, visit the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards website.


Sales and Use 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 pursuant to the California Air Resources Board zero emission standards for the model year.

The following are qualified Zero Emission Vehicles and thus, are exempt from New Jersey sales and use tax:

How to receive your sales tax exemption:

For new vehicles:

Remind the dealership to complete an Exempt Use Certificate that you should keep a copy of.  Make sure to cite N.J.S.A. 54:32B-8.55 as the statutory reference.


Exempt Use Certificate – Form ST-4

Motor Vehicle Commission Instructions

For used vehicles:

The person you are buying the vehicle from should complete the Exempt Use Certificate citing the above reference.  When you go to register your vehicle at the Motor Vehicle Commission, bring the Certificate.  You will need to present it at that time to be exempt from paying sales tax.