The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities began a $210,000 “Clean Fleet Electric Vehicle Incentive” program to support local governments as they transition to clean energy.
The program is funded primarily through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to incentivize the purchase of electric vehicles or charging stations by allowing local governments to purchase EVs at the state purchasing contract price and simultaneously apply for grant funds.
Each applicant can apply for a maximum of two eligible electric vehicles and one dual-port level 2 EV charging station. Municipalities and counties with a high percentage of low- to moderate-income residents are particularly encouraged to apply.
Local governments can apply for a $4,000 grant toward the purchase of a battery electric vehicle, or for $1,500 toward the purchase of a dual-port level two charging station.
The application deadline for the program is April 15, 2020, or until all of the funding is awarded.
Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications adding a first electric vehicle to its fleet; applicants who would allow for public utilization of the level 2 charging station when not in use by the electric fleet vehicle; applicants who indicate they will post signage for the station and list it on applicable websites; and applicants who have more than 15 percent of residents within their geographic boundary living below the federal poverty level.