The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is requesting approval from the trustee overseeing the Volkswagen settlement funds to disburse $16 million for the deployment of electric heavy-duty garbage trucks, school buses, and port-related vehicles.
The request is the second from the DEP for funding from the state’s $72.2 million share of federal settlements to resolve claims that Volkswagen doctored emissions tests. As part of its first round of funding from the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust, the DEP earlier this year requested $11.2 million for charging stations and electric transit buses for New Jersey Transit’s use in Camden. The trustee has approved those funds for immediate release to New Jersey.
“The projects to be funded by this second round of grants will improve air quality in environmental justice communities that have for too long have had to bear a disproportionate burden of air pollution and its health consequences,” Commissioner Catherine McCabe said in a statement. “These projects also will demonstrate the viability of using electric heavy-duty vehicles to improve air quality in urban areas and throughout the state.”
The projects are Red Hook Terminals LLC in Port Newark, 10 electric yard tractors; United Airlines, Newark Airport, 39 pieces of electric ground support equipment; Jersey City, five electric garbage trucks; IKEA Distribution Services North America, four electric terminal tractors and five “last mile” electric delivery trucks in Westampton, Camden, Jersey City, Hoboken, and Cherry Hill; Best Transportation in Port Newark, four electric yard tractors; Regional Industries LLC in Elizabeth, five electric garbage trucks; Student Transportation of America Inc. in Trenton, five electric school buses; International Motor Freight in Port Newark, one electric drayage (short-distance shipping) truck; Hudson County Motors Inc. in Essex and Hudson counties, four electric drayage trucks.