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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 and installing 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.

Electric Vehicle Charging  

Consistent with New Jersey's commitment to wide-scale deployment of electric vehicles, the Department is dedicated to funding the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. To achieve this goal, the Department is prioritizing DC Fast Chargers using VW settlement funds and other funds as they become available. Level 1 and Level 2 chargers will also continue to be funded through both VW and other sources, as will eMobility projects - shared mobility such as electric taxis, car sharing, and ride hailing services.

  • Projects for public DC Fast Chargers are funded through competitive grants. $5.4 million are being invested in public DC Fast Chargers to expand our statewide network. An estimated 54 electric vehicle charging stations are expected to be installed at 27 locations. Although the current solicitation closed on July 22, 2020, we anticipate additional future solicitations. Please be sure to subscribe to the Stop the Soot Listserv and the NJ Volkswagen Settlement Listserv to be notified of future grant opportunities.
  • Applications for Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations are being accepted now and will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. At times when funding sources may be allocated, but we anticipate additional funding, applicants will be placed on a wait list. See the submittal process below.
  • Proposals for eMobility projects are also being accepted now and will be processed if and when funding becomes available. These types of projects are unique in that they can include both vehicles and charging stations, and are handled separately from the process noted below. E-Mobility proposals should be submitted using the following form: eMobility Proposal Form.

How to Submit Project Applications Review eligibility criteria below

Step 1: Read the Overview and Instructions, Complete the Application Form, Level 1 & Level 2 Project Information Form, Site Verification Form, Certification Checklist, Deadlines Acknowledgement Form, 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: Obtain three (3) quotes for the EV charging stations and one (1) quote for the installation.

Step 3: Submit all required documents to NJDEP Bureau of Mobile Sources at Drivegreen@dep.nj.gov.

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

Step 5: Install Level 1 and Level 2 charging station(s) within 9 months of NJDEP grant execution. Install DC Fast Charging station(s) within 12 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 Reimbursement Request Form along with paid invoices, proof of payment, and photos to NJDEP Bureau of Mobile Sources at Drivegreen@dep.nj.gov.

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 four (4) units.

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

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


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

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;
$200,000 per DC Fast Charger location (2 port minimum).
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 80% up to maximum
Workplace No 60% up to maximum 60% up to maximum
Multi-unit dwelling No 60% up to maximum 60% up to maximum
Corridor* Yes 100% up to maximum 80% up to maximum

*As identified by the strategic mapping

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.

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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 54 electric vehicle charging stations are expected to be installed at 27 locations. For a list of all DCFC Projects submitted click here.

DCFC Awardees

Public DC Fast Charging Selected Projects

  • Creative Management Inc. - Old Bridge
  • Creative Management Inc. - Phillipsburg
  • Creative Management Inc. - West Long Branch
  • 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 - Deptford
  • EVgo Services LLC - Middletown
  • EVgo Services LLC - Parsippany
  • EVgo Services LLC - Piscataway
  • EVgo Services LLC - Vauxhall
  • EVgo Services LLC - Woodbury
  • Gill Petroleum Inc. - Hampton
  • Gill Petroleum Inc. - Lebanon
  • Gill Petroleum Inc. - Ledgewood
  • U-Go Stations Inc. - Blairstown
  • U-Go Stations Inc. - Fort Lee
  • 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