The DEP and NJDOT announce $9.5 million grant program to improve air quality through projects reducing mobile-source emissions. The two agencies are working with regional transportation planning agencies to use $9.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish grant programs that will add electric-vehicle charging stations across the state, provide electric power for trucks that require climate control during shipments, and provide cleaner state-of-the-art engines to New York Harbor ferries.
“This bill will help get electric vehicles moving however we should be doing more. Christie has been a stumbling block for the past eight years in the development of electric vehicles and this step is forward is too little too late. The biggest source of air pollution and greenhouse gases in our state comes from automobiles. Air pollution is especially dangerous in many of our cities and ports. Newark and Camden are some of the worst polluted cities nationwide, which is why we need to increase electric vehicles to clean our air”, said Jeff Tittel, Director of New Jersey Sierra Club.
In 2016, U.S. EV sales rose 37 percent over 2015, with well over half a million Americans now driving plug-in cars. According to the American Lung Association, every year, pollution from passenger vehicles collectively costs the 10 ZEV states about $24 billion in health, including 220,000 lost work days, 109,000 asthma exacerbations, hundreds of thousands of other respiratory health impacts, and 2,580 premature deaths. In New Jersey, the Zero Electric Vehicle (ZEV) program saves our state $4.6 billion in health care costs associated with smog and soot pollution caused by passenger vehicles.
We would like to see all of the funds has to go towards zero-emission goals not to truckers to buy diesel gas in ports. We can also use it to promote EV busses in urban areas and create charging stations across the state,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.With this money we need to build a plug-in network to make electric vehicles a reality. This is a down payment on a more comprehensive plan to put 300,000 plug-in cars and trucks on our highways by 2025, and 2 million by a decade later”, said Tittel
Electric vehicles will help grow our economy as well as protect our environment. EVs are more than five times more efficient than standard vehicles; the average gas automobile is 15% efficient while EVs are 80%. EVs use electricity to power a battery, the technology of which continues to get cheaper and better. By increasing electric vehicle sales, it will help car dealers in selling more fuel efficient cars, help New Jersey companies who are part suppliers for these car parts, and even bring in new companies since we may be the first state on the east coast to implement these practices.
“We need to make sure that that funds go to the right places including to plug-ins and helping urban areas where air pollution is worst. This will help create jobs and move our state forward with an automobile that has zero emissions and decrease fossil fuels. The biggest source of air pollution and greenhouse gases in our state comes from automobiles, which is why we need to increase electric vehicles to clean our air. We need to install plug-in stations along with providing things like zip cars, ride shares, and taxis to encourage EV’s that everyone can afford,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of New Jersey Sierra Club.