Ten New Jersey towns and one county have passed resolutions in the last month in support of electric vehicle legislation that would expand charging infrastructure and rebates for buying electric cars.
East Orange, South Orange, Haddon Heights, West Caldwell, Sayreville, Metuchen, Franklin, Gloucester City, Highland Park, Princeton and Mercer County passed resolutions calling for legislators to pass Senate Bill 2252/Assembly Bill 4819 during the lame duck legislative session that began after Election Day and will end on Jan. 13, 2020.
Resolutions are also on the docket in South Amboy, Milltown, Woodlynne and Winslow Township.
The bill would establish a statewide charging network, increase rebates for buying an electric vehicle, and codify the Clean Cars mandate to have 330,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2025. It would develop a plan for installing hundreds of public DC fast chargers along New Jersey’s busiest roads and highways and 1,000 Level 2 public community chargers in downtown areas across New Jersey over the next three years.
This would decrease range anxiety of electric vehicle owners, jump-start the electric vehicle market and play a large part in reducing emissions and addressing air quality concerns.
“The lame duck legislative clock is ticking and the time is now to pass the electric vehicle legislation,” Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey said. “Towns, cities, and counties are weighing in loudly over the last month urging for the EV bill’s passage.”
“Electric vehicles remain one of the best ways to clean up our air and fight climate change, but we need to supercharge their adoption,” he said.”The best way to make EVs common is to build a fast-charging network of EV chargers along our busiest roadways and to provide rebates to purchase more EVs. We urge the Assembly and the Senate to pass the EV bill by the end of the session.”