New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) initiated a new multi-agency effort on June 3 to “build out the necessary infrastructure” to support higher levels of electric vehicle or EV ownership within the state – with the aim to register 330,000 zero emission vehicles or ZEVs in New Jersey by 2025.
[Above photo by Curtis Hill, U.S. Marine Corps.]
The governor said in a statement that the New Jersey Partnership to Plug-In will be co-led by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
Each agency will have its own direct set of tasks under the Memorandum of Understanding guiding this multi-agency partnership, such as: mapping of existing and planned EV charging infrastructure assets; installing EV charging infrastructure throughout the state; working with lawmakers to establish an EV rebate program; and creating an attractive corporate environment for ZEV-related primary and secondary companies. Existing initiatives will be enhanced by the partnership’s work.
Gov. Murphy added that the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Commission, and Department of Community Affairs will contribute to aspects of this new partnership by installing signage, tracking vehicle registrations, and “actively partnering with municipalities” to apply local planning solutions.
“[This partnership] ensures that we are working collaboratively across state agencies and with our private sector partners, to not only meet, but exceed our goal of registering 330,000 electric vehicles in New Jersey by 2025,” he said.
“This new initiative is part of our broader effort to make renewable energy solutions work for everyone in New Jersey,” the governor noted.
New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection recently launched an electric vehicle charging station map and the Board of Public Utilities plans to share a draft of the state’s Energy Master Plan later this month. The draft EMP will outline ongoing and potential new initiative across state government to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050, according to Commissioner Catherine McCabe
The New Jersey Partnership to Plug-In will also dedicate $7 million of Volkswagen settlement funds for fast-charging infrastructure technology, she said.