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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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Charging

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. Consumers who buy or lease an eligible vehicle after January 17, 2020 are eligible for the rebate. The Board of Public Utilities officially launchced this 10 year, $300 million rebate program in May 2020.
    Please visit the "Charge Up New Jersey" program page on New Jersey's Clean Energy Program™ website to read about program eligibility and requirement, view eligible vehicles and incentive smounts, explore frequently asked questions, and submit you application and supporting documentation!
    If you have any questions regarding the rebate program, please email chargeupnj@energycenter.org, or call the Program Administrator at (877) 426-2474.

  • 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 Energy Master Plan outlines key strategies to reduce energy consumption and emissions from the transportation sector, including encouraging electric vehicle adoption, electrifying transportation systems, leveraging technology to reduce emissions and miles traveled, and prioritizing clean transportation options in underserved communities to reach the Murphy Administration’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Transportation is the largest source of climate pollution in New Jersey, and emissions from cars and light-trucks account for about 30% of the state’s 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 and shrink your carbon footprint when you purchase your next vehicle. Make the drive green choice.

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 2019 Energy Master Plan (EMP)

On January 27, 2020, Governor Murphy unveiled the state’s Energy Master Plan , which outlines key strategies to reach the Administration’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The EMP comprehensively addresses New Jersey’s energy system, including electricity generation, transportation, and buildings, and their associated greenhouse gas emissions and related air pollutants. For the first time, the state’s EMP includes a robust set of strategies for reducing energy consumption and emissions from the transportation sector.

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