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NJ DEP announces adoption of clean truck rules, setting New Jersey on path for zero-emission vehicle future

NEW JERSEY – The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced the adoption of the Advanced Clean Truck and Fleet Reporting rules, important components of the Murphy Administration’s comprehensive strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fight climate change and improve air quality in the state.

The adoption of these rules establishes New Jersey as one of the first states to require phasing in of clean electric commercial trucks to replace polluting diesel-powered trucks.

The Advanced Clean Truck rule requires manufacturers of vehicles more than 8,500 pounds to participate in a credit/deficit program intended to increase the percentage of zero-emission vehicles sold in New Jersey. In addition, the Fleet Reporting rule sets a one-time reporting requirement to obtain information about the in-state operation of fleets of vehicles over 8,500 pounds that will inform future decisions concerning further emission reductions from the transportation sector. The rules are modeled after regulations established in California and nearing adoption in several other states.

“New Jersey is already experiencing the adverse impacts of climate change, but we have the power and obligation to reduce its worsening in the years ahead by acting now to limit our emissions of climate pollutants,” said DEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette. “My DEP colleagues and I have proudly worked with Governor Murphy to make the Advanced Clean Truck and Fleet Reporting rules a centerpiece of our Climate Pollutant Reduction (CPR) initiative because transportation emissions remain the largest source of climate pollution in New Jersey, which disproportionately impair the air quality and public health in underserved communities. With the Governor’s continued environmental leadership, DEP intends further CPR reforms in the months and years ahead because acting together, we can improve public and environmental health for every New Jersey community, respond to the risks of climate change, and create good-paying green jobs in the process.”

“New Jersey once again demonstrates its leadership on electric mobility,” said Pam Frank, CEO of ChargeEVC, a nonprofit coalition that supports electric vehicle development and use. “Joining a handful of states adopting this important rule, this action is an important and necessary part of accelerating this transition.  It will bring health and economic benefits to everyone in the Garden State.”

New Jersey’s transportation sector is responsible for more than 40 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. While medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses account for only 4 percent of all vehicles on the road, they make up nearly 25 percent of transportation-sector greenhouse emissions. The rules will also address pollutants that are harmful to human health, including nitrogen oxides and fine particulate matter (PM2.5).

The rules were developed as part of the NJ PACT (Protecting Against Climate Threats) initiative. NJ PACT is a holistic set of rulemaking initiatives that will better position New Jersey to reduce greenhouse gases driving climate change and make the state more resilient to intense storms and sea-level rise caused by a warming planet. These reforms represent a “PACT” with the residents of New Jersey to help them to both stave off the worst impacts of climate change and adapt to the unavoidable impacts that are already occurring.

The adopted rules require each truck manufacturer selling medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in New Jersey to increase the number of electric vehicles sold in the state over time.

Manufacturers generate credits by selling Zero Emission Vehicles in New Jersey or obtaining credits from another manufacturer’s sales of ZEVs in the state. Deficits attributable to a manufacturer are based on its total sales of all medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in New Jersey. The deficits incurred each year must be offset by credits beginning 2025 and increasing every year through 2035. This will increase the total number of ZEV sales in the state.

Under Governor Murphy, New Jersey has become a national leader on climate change. Through the Global Warming Response Act, the state is taking coordinated actions across the public and private sectors to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other climate pollutants to at least eighty percent below their 2006 levels by the year 2050.

Increasing the use of ZEVs of all weight classes and increasing the number of vehicle-charging stations throughout New Jersey is critical to the overall strategy to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The state is aggressively funding electric trucks and buses as well as charging stations. Last month, Governor Murphy announced a $13.7 million investment in electric buses and trucks to reduce emissions and improve air quality in overburdened communities.

Since February 2021, New Jersey has committed nearly $71 million in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative proceeds to purchase electric vehicles and install charging stations in environmental justice communities, which have shouldered the burden of air pollution and climate change.

For information on the DEP heavy-duty electrification efforts, visit www.drivegreen.nj.gov/mhdv.html

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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