NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) Monday awarded more than $1 million in grants for the installation of electric vehicle chargers at 24 key tourist destinations across the Garden State as part of the State’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Tourism Program.
The tourism destinations range from Hudson County to Atlantic County and locations in between. The grants will cover 50 Level-Two chargers and 11 DC Fast Chargers.
Over the past four years, our Administration has worked rapidly to make EV ownership in our state practical and easy,” Governor Murphy said. “Today’s grant awards will greatly improve EV infrastructure in tourist destinations across our state, encouraging EV-owning New Jerseyans and out-of-state tourists to visit these areas and improve the local economy while contributing to our battle against climate change. With forward-thinking initiatives like this, New Jersey continues to lead the nation in building a green economy.”
“With the announcement today, New Jersey continues to lead on reducing our emissions from vehicles through electric vehicle infrastructure investment,” said NJBPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “We are driving more people to our state’s many historic, recreational and cultural treasures while promoting a cleaner, greener future. As we recover from the pandemic, this initiative will help EV drivers discover more of the Garden State by giving tourists a place to plug-in and unwind.”
The Electric Vehicle Tourism Program eliminates barriers to purchasing electric vehicles by investing in electric vehicle infrastructure and reducing range anxiety for residents and tourists visiting New Jersey. Expanding infrastructure across the state is critical to moving New Jersey closer to Governor Murphy’s goal of 330,000 EVs by 2025. Encouraging the use of Electric Vehicles is also an important part of reducing transportation emissions and achieving the Governor’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050.
The NJBPU received 94 applications, 24 of which were awarded today. Also, the NJBPU announced the Electric Vehicle Tourism Program opened today, March 21, 2022 for the second round of applications. The second round of applications will close on May 16, 2022.
The EV Tourism Program provides the following grants to eligible applicants accepted for participation:
- An incentive of $2,000 for an eligible Level-Two Charger and an incentive of 50 percent of the make-ready costs, up to $5,000.
- An incentive of 50 percent of the cost of a Direct Current Fast Charger (“DCFC”) and the associated make-ready costs, up to $75,000.
- Locations would be limited to six (6) Level-Two EV Chargers and two (2) DCFCs per site.
- Grants will be provided as reimbursements.
The following 24 applications have been approved in the first round of solicitations:
|Applicant||Level-Two||DC Fast Charger|
|Asbury Park – Site 1||2||–|
|Parking Authority of Camden||2||–|
|Asbury Park – Site 2||2||–|
|New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) – High Point Park||2||–|
|Asbury Park – Site 3||–||2|
|Asbury Park – Site 4||–||2|
|Casino Reinvestment & Development Authority (CRDA) – Convention Center||2||–|
|Point Pleasant Beach||–||1|
|NJDEP – Waywayanda State Park||2||–|
|NJDEP – Wharton State Forest||2||–|
|CRDA – Wave Parking Garage||6||–|
|NJDEP – Cheesequake State Park||2||–|
|NJDEP – Round Valley||2||–|
|Brick Township – Windward Beach Park||2||–|
|Crystal Springs – Grand Cascades Lodge (DC)||–||2|
|Crystal Springs – Cascades Lodge||6||–|
|Crystal Springs – Minerals Hotel||6||–|
|The Watershed Institute||3||–|
Grant awardees are diverse, ranging from overnight lodging establishments to boardwalks and parks. Vehicle electrification is a fundamental pillar in meeting the Governor’s clean energy goals. Through comprehensive statewide infrastructure improvements, New Jersey is moving closer to the goals established by the Electric Vehicle Act, which includes the installation of 1,000 Level-Two Chargers and 400 DC Fast Chargers for public use by December 31, 2025.
The EV tourism application and frequently asked questions are available at www.njcleanenergy.com/ev.