Air Quality, Energy & Sustainability

Drive Green

Your choice to drive electric improves New Jersey’s air quality
and helps slow climate change.

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Vehicle Basics

Between all of the different acronyms, it’s easy to get confused. Here we have a basic breakdown of the main types of electric vehicles that either plug in or have no harmful tailpipe emissions.

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There are many options when it comes to charging your electric vehicle. This information will reveal the types of charging stations, where to find one, information on the cleanliness of the NJ grid, and charging resources.

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Incentives to Drive Green

There are many different federal and state incentives to make the transition easier. Explore Electric Vehicle Affordability with calculators that determines your personal cost. "It Pay$ to Plug In", provides grants to offset the cost of electric vehicle charging stations.

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Policy Initiatives

Learn about the policy initiatives New Jersey is developing to support the electrification of the transportation sector to meet State’s 2050 greenhouse gas goal.

On January 17, 2020 Governor Murphy signed landmark legislation to boost the use of plug-in electric vehicles in New Jersey. The law:

  • Creates a rebate program for electric vehicles purchases. Consumers will receive up to $5,000 when they buy or lease an all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle with an MSRP below $55,000 in New Jersey. The point-of-sale rebate will equal $25.00 per mile of electric-only range, up to the $5,000 per vehicle maximum. The Board of Public Utilities The Board of Public Utilities will launch the 10-year, $300 million rebate program by July 2020.

  • Sets aggressive goals for NJ’s network of public charging stations. Goals include 400 public fast charging stations at 200 locations along major highways and throughout NJ’s communities by 2025,as well as goals for charging stations at multi-family homes and hotels.

  • Sets aggressive goals for electric vehicle sales. 330,000 electric vehicles shall be registered in NJ by 2025, increasing to 2 million electric vehicles by 2035. By 2040, 85% of all new light duty vehicles sold or leased in NJ shall be electric.

  • Requires NJ government to lead by example. Twenty-five percent of state-owned non-emergency light duty vehicles shall be electric by 2025, increasing to 100% by 2035. Ten percent of new bus purchases by NJ TRANSIT shall be zero emission buses by 2024, increasing to 50% by 2026 and 100% by 2032 and thereafter. Zero emission buses shall be prioritized for low-income, urban or environmental justice communities.

  • Authorize the NJ Board of Public Utilities to create an incentive program for in-home EV chargers. The 10-year incentive program can provide up to $500 per person for the purchase and installation of home charging equipment.

For full details on the provisions in the law, see Senate Bill 2252, signed by Governor Murphy on January 17, 2020.

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New Jersey’s draft Energy Master Plan strategizes to reduce emissions from the transportation sector by encouraging electric vehicle adoption, electrifying transportation systems, and leveraging technology to reduce emissions and miles travelled in an effort to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050. In New Jersey, emissions from cars and light-trucks account for about 30% of the total hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen emissions which contributes to the formation of ground-level ozone or "smog" during the summer months. You can help reduce air pollution, when you purchase a new vehicle. Make the drive green choice to improve our air quality.

Partnership to Plug In

On June 3, 2019, Governor Murphy announced the New Jersey Partnership to Plug-in, a first-of-its-kind, statewide partnership to build out the necessary infrastructure to support electric vehicles in New Jersey. The Partnership aligns state agency roles through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that requires the goals of the partnership be incorporated in the RGGI Strategic Funding Plan, and directs the Agencies to use the RGGI funds, to extent authorized by law and regulation, to further the MOU goals.

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Transportation and Climate Initiative

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. The participating states are: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.

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DEP Mobile Source Programs

The Bureau of Mobile Sources protects public health and the environment by reducing air pollution from motor vehicles, engines, and the fuels used to operate them, and by encouraging travel choices that minimize emissions. We are also responsible for implementing statewide, comprehensive Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) emissions testing for motor vehicles. By reducing mobile source emissions, New Jersey’s communities are more liveable.

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Transportation in the Draft Energy Master Plan (EMP)

On June 10, 2019, New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities released a draft plan to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Providing a blueprint for the total conversion of New Jersey’s energy profile to 100 percent clean energy by 2050, this plan defines clean energy as carbon neutral electricity generation and maximum electrification of the transportation and building sectors to meet State’s 2050 greenhouse gas goal. Focusing on transportation for the first time in a State EMP, the draft #1 strategy focision reducing energy consumption and emissions from the transportation sector.

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