Governor Murphy announced a new initiative aimed at improving air quality in the Garden state as well as combating the effects of climate change. Specifically, the program calls for $9 million in grants for local government electrification programs such as electric garbage trucks and delivery trucks; $13 million to be used in low to moderate-income communities to reduce emissions through the deployment of electric school buses and shuttle buses for the communities; $5 million in grants for “equitable mobility projects” that will introduce electric vehicle ride hailing and charging stations in four towns and cities; $5 million in grants for fast charging stations across the state in 27 locations; $36 million to go towards electrifying port and cargo handling as well as medium- and heavy-duty equipment in port and industrial areas; $15 million towards NJ TRANSIT bus electrification; $15 million in “flex funding” that can be appropriated to listed needs.
The $100 million investment comes from New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative as well as from a settlement the state made with Volkswagon regarding the secret defeat devices they had installed in vehicles from Volkswagon, Audi, and Porsche-branded turbocharged direct injection vehicles. The defeat devices carried software intended to cheat emissions tests and deceive regulators.
The purpose of the investment is to create jobs as well as reducing emissions and improving air quality, especially in the low-income communities. Governor Murphy created the Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy as well as the New Jersey Council on the Green Economy. New Jersey has set a goal to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050 and to promote equity and environmental justice.