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Electric Vehicle Incentive Programs

GRANT DEADLINE APPROACHING. ALL APPLICATIONS DUE BY 5PM MAY 16, 2022.

New Jersey is leading the way on electric vehicle (EV) adoption on the East Coast. Governor Phil Murphy has set a goal of registering 330,000 EVs in New Jersey by 2025, which will reduce emissions from the transportation sector and help reach the goals of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan and the Global Warming Response Act. The transportation sector accounts for 46% of the state’s net greenhouse gas emissions, making it the largest emissions source.    

The below programs are designed to encourage EV adoption in New Jersey, which is crucial to reaching a 100% clean energy future.

For more information regarding electric vehicles please contact us at 877-426-2474 or by email at chargeupnj@energycenter.org.
 
Charge Up New Jersey

On January 17, 2020, Governor Murphy signed S-2252 into law (P.L.2019, c.362), which created an incentive program for light-duty electric vehicles and at-home electric charging infrastructure. Charge Up New Jersey promotes clean vehicle adoption in the state by offering incentives of up to $5,000 for the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission vehicles, including battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric. By shifting away from gasoline and diesel use, it creates many environmental and economic benefits, including less air pollution and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.     

Multi Unit Dwelling (MUD) EV Charger Incentive

Designed to encourage owners and operators of MUDs to provide EV chargers for residents and guests, the program offers incentives to support the purchase and installation of eligible Level-Two EV charging equipment. Awards available under the program include $1,500 toward the purchase of a dual-port, networked Level-Two EV charging station and fifty percent of the cost, up to $5,000, for the make-ready costs for Level-Two EV chargers.

Overburdened Municipalities are eligible for bonus incentives. Applications are due by 5pm May 16, 2022.

EV Tourism

Locations ranging from boardwalks, parks, and other unique attractions, as well as overnight lodging establishments will have the opportunity to apply for up to six Level-Two chargers and two DC Fast Chargers through the program. The Program provides incentives for chargers:

  • $2000 per L2 charger
  • 50% of make ready, up to $5,000 per L2 charger
  • 50% of DCFC (charger and make ready), up to $75,000 per charger 

Applications are due by 5 pm May 16, 2022. Evaluation Criteria can be found here as well as Frequently Asked Questions.

Clean Fleet EV Incentive Program

The Clean Fleet Electric Vehicle Incentive Program supports local and state governments as they transition their fleets to EVs. The Program, initially introduced in 2019 as a $210,000 pilot program funded through the U.S. Department of Energy, allows local and state government entities to apply for $4,000 grants toward the purchase of battery electric vehicles, $2,000 grants for public Level-Two chargers, $1,500 grants toward the purchase of Level-Two EV charging station(s), up to $5,000 for the Make-Ready for Level-Two Chargers and up to $75,000 for fast chargers. In June 2021, New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) allocated a total of $7 million for Fiscal Year 2022, dedicating $6 million for use by state entities and $1 million for local governments. In November the Board allocated an additional $7 million for EV infrastructure investment in the program, providing $14 million in funding for the local, county and state government EV adoption support.

On August 18, 2021 the Board approved the expansion of its Clean Fleet Electric Vehicle Incentive Program. The modifications approved include an increase in award caps and are aimed at boosting the program’s reach and effectiveness as the State endeavors to reach Governor Phil Murphy’s goal of transitioning at least 25 percent of State-owned, non-emergency light duty vehicles to plug-in EVs by December 31, 2025.

Eligible entities include local schools, municipal commissions, state agencies or boards, state commissions, state universities, community colleges, and county authorities in addition to municipalities, municipal utility authorities, and state agencies. Award caps are based on population. Overburdened Municipalities are eligible for bonus incentives.

Applications are due by 5pm on May 16, 2022.

Utility Programs

Certain EV charging stations that receive electric utility service from Atlantic City Electric Company (ACE) or Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), may be eligible for additional electric vehicle charging incentives directly from the utility. Projects may be eligible for both the incentives offered by this BPU program and incentives offered by ACE or PSE&G, up to 90% of the combined charger purchase and installation costs. Please check ACE or PSE&G program eligibility requirements before purchasing EV charging equipment, as additional conditions on types of eligible chargers may apply for utility incentives.  
 
EV Charging incentive information is available from Atlantic City Electric and PSE&G.

Both JCP&L and RECO have filed proposals for EV charging programs, Staff is currently reviewing those proposals.

NJBPU Moves to Increase Electric Vehicle Infrastructure in New Jersey

In September, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) approved an Order setting parameters for the build-out of publicly accessible, light-duty electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the State and the role of private and public investment in developing the infrastructure. The Order establishes minimum filing requirements for light-duty EV infrastructure proposals from New Jersey’s electric utilities and requires them, if they have not done so already, to submit these filings by February 28, 2021.

NJBPU had released a Straw Proposal in May that was aimed at furthering light-duty EV adoption in New Jersey. Comments received from stakeholders on this straw proposal can be found here.  The Straw Proposal can be found here.  A recording of the stakeholder meeting about the proposal is available here, and the panel presentations from the meeting can be found below:

In June 2021, NJBPU released a Straw Proposal aimed at furthering medium and heavy duty EV adoption and EV light duty fleets in New Jersey. Comments received from stakeholders on this straw proposal can be found here. Recordings of the stakeholder meeting about the proposal and panel presentations from the meetings can be found here as part of the September 15, 2021 Notice.

A revised straw will be released in Winter 2022.

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