NJDEP – Press Release 22/P034

(22/P034) TRENTON – Leveraging proceeds from New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Governor Murphy announced an additional investment of $10.8 million to further protect residents, the environment and the economy from worsening effects of climate change. The latest round of proceeds will be used to increase the number of electric trucks and buses that pass through communities overburdened by air pollution and to increase the number of community fast-charging points, the city’s protection commissioner said. environment, Shawn M. LaTourette.

The total investment of $10.8 million includes $6.9 million from RGGI Quarterly Auction Proceeds for medium and heavy electric vehicles, including school buses, garbage trucks, transit buses and shuttles, and $3.9 million for 62 fast-charging stations. The $3.9 million comes from New Jersey’s nationwide share Volkswagen Regulations.

To date, New Jersey has invested more than $100 million – $57 million in RGGI product and $60 million in Volkswagen settlement funds – for 370 electric vehicles operating in overburdened communities.

“While medium and heavy vehicles are fewer in number than passenger cars, they contribute a much larger share of emissions per vehicle, so there is a major environmental benefit when we electrify them,” said Commissioner LaTourette. “In addition, RGGI proceeds also funded four electric carpooling projects that have increased clean mobility options for our urban residents. We will continue to seek opportunities to develop and fund these types of projects to ensure that all residents benefit from electrification investments.

imageIn late July, New Jersey joined 16 states, Washington, DC and the Canadian province of Quebec in charting a bold course for the electrification of medium and heavy vehicles through the release of a multi-state blueprint. Developed through extensive collaboration and engagement with stakeholders, the action plan strengthens DEP’s existing policies, regulations, awareness and education to achieve a zero-carbon future.

from New Jersey Electric Vehicles Actsigned in 2020, sets a goal of having at least 1,000 community charging stations in a city center, commercial area, shopping center or near concentrations of multi-unit housing by 2025. The latest competitive solicitation issued by the DEP this spring resulted in 214 applications for fast-charging stations across the state.

The 62 dual-port fast charging stations will be installed at 31 sites – two per site – including city centers and commercial areas. Of the 31 locations chosen for fast chargers, 16 applicants were government entities and 15 were private entities. Locations that have not been selected for this round of funding will be considered part of the State’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan. To date, DEP has awarded just over $6 million for 1,126 chargers with 1,938 outlets at 212 locations statewide.

For a list of projects funded in this latest round of RGGI auction proceeds, visit NJDEP – StopTheSoot.org.

For more information on NJ’s vehicle electrification goals and strategies, visit www.drivegreen.nj.gov.

Follow Commissioner LaTourette on Twitter and Instagram @shawnlatur and follow the DEP on Twitter @NewJerseyDEP, Facebook @newjerseydep, Instagram @nj.dep and LinkedIn @newjerseydep

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