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Bill bolstering electric vehicle charging infrastructure advances

NEW JERSEY – Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to help the state meet its goal of 330,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2025 was approved by the Senate Monday.

The bill, S-3223, would help expand the New Jersey’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

“If we’re going to get more electric cars on the road, we’re going to need easier and more convenient access to charging stations. It’s as simple as that,” Bateman (R-16) said. “The popularity of electric cars is growing, and sales are increasing significantly as they have become more reliable and more affordable. This measure will help the critical charging infrastructure keep pace.”

The utilization of electric vehicles reduces the carbon emissions, and cars and trucks are the largest contributors of the State’s nitrogen oxide emissions, responsible for 71 percent. In addition, the transportation sector accounts for almost half of New Jersey’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“Electrical vehicles provide a dual benefit to the environment, reducing our dependency on non-renewable energy sources and clearing the air of damaging pollutants,” Bateman said. “When drivers plug in at charging stations, we all share the rewards.”

Under the bill, electric vehicle charging infrastructure is classified an inherently beneficial use under the Municipal Land Use Law, and would be a permitted accessory in all zoning districts of a municipality and would not require a use variance under the law.

“Inherently beneficial” uses provide value to communities because they fundamentally serve the public good. Examples include hospitals, schools, childcare centers, and wind and solar energy facilities.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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