New Jersey joins network to promote electric
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced that New Jersey has signed
on as a member of a network of states in the Northeastern and
Mid-Atlantic region that will collaborate on a plan to promote
electric vehicles and vehicles that use alternative fuels such
as natural gas and bio-fuels to help improve air quality throughout
The goal of the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network, a direct
outgrowth of the regional Transport and Climate Initiative, is
to accelerate the development of infrastructure such as electric
vehicle charging stations needed to drive market demand for electric
vehicles. The network includes New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware,
Washington, D.C., Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New
York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The Transportation and Climate Initiative received a $994,500
United States Department of Energy planning grant to assist in
the development of guidelines for the permitting and installation
of electric vehicle charging stations to make the charging of
vehicles convenient to consumers. One of the hurdles to driving
demand for electric vehicles is ensuring that motorists have
convenient locations to charge their vehicles when driving longer
In New Jersey, the DEP will continue to work in partnership with
the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition to engage stakeholders
that include industry, municipalities, clean vehicle advocates
and the environmental community to leverage existing resources
and attract private sector investment in electric vehicles and
other new clean vehicle technologies.
Gasoline-powered vehicles contribute to about half of New Jersey’s
air pollution. By helping to move the region from a fossil fuel
economy to a clean energy economy, the effort will bolster economic
growth, reduce dependence on foreign oil and reduce air pollution.
Nearly 40 percent of New Jersey’s greenhouse gas emissions come
from the transportation sector. Cleaner vehicles and fuels are
critical for reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions as required
by the New Jersey Global Warming Response Act.
A recent study by Pike Research forecasts that the New Jersey-New
York-Pennsylvania region will be among the top five metropolitan
areas for electric vehicle purchases between 2011 and 2017.
Spurred by work being done at the DEP as well as growing demand,
a number of electric vehicle initiatives are already under way
in the Garden State. Electric vehicle charging stations have
been installed in some New Jersey municipalities, including Montclair
and Avalon, and at Rutgers University’s Piscataway campus and
at the Bergen County Community College. In addition, companies
such as Benjamin Moore and Johnson & Johnson have built solar-powered
electric vehicle charging stations to power their fleets.
New Jersey signed a declaration of intent in June 2010 to participate
in the regional Transportation and Climate Initiative. This regional
coalition consisting of 11 states and the District of Columbia
works to reduce greenhouse emissions, minimize reliance on high-carbon
fuels, improve efficiency of freight movement, expand the use
of innovative information technology, promote sustainable growth
and reduce vehicle-miles traveled.