On May 3, 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed the State Zero-Emission Vehicle Programs Memorandum of Understanding, under which ten signatory states have pledged to advance the use of zero-emission vehicles within their borders. On January 17, 2020, the Governor reinforced this commitment by signing S-2252 (A-4819) into law, setting tangible targets for electrifying the transportation sector within the state.
S-2252 establishes goals for both passenger and state electric vehicles. By 2025, at least 330,000 of all registered passenger and light-duty commercial vehicles in the state should be plug-in electric vehicles, with that number increasing to 2 million by December 31, 2035. By 2040, the bill requires that at least 85% of all new or leased cars be plug-in electric vehicles. S-2252 also requires that the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) establish and implement an incentive program that will provide a maximum $5,000 towards the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle, and up to $500 for the purchase and installation of in-home charging equipment.
To help facilitate this increase in electric vehicles on New Jersey roads and decrease range anxiety, S-2252 also establishes goals for charging station installation along travel corridors, at overnight lodging locations, at multi-family residences, and at community locations. “Community locations” are defined to include town centers, commercial and retail areas, and near concentrations of multi-family dwellings. This requirement ties in to the recent passage of S-606, which prompts municipalities to account for current and future EV charging stations in master plans and redevelopment plans. S-2252 sets detailed targets to aid in municipal planning and reinforces S-606’s call to site charging infrastructure in areas frequented by community members.
With the passage of S-2252, New Jersey has made yet another step towards electrifying its transportation sector, and municipalities and businesses are being called upon to help the state reach its goals. If you are a municipality, developer, or other business wondering how this new law will affect you, Parker McCay’s Municipal and Environmental attorneys are available to help.
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